"There is a saying at the police department that we hire for character and train for skills. He is the character," says former Bowling Green Police Chief Bill Waltrip.
After 20 years of service in Bowling Green, Detective Barry Raley has decided to put his badge away. He says leaving the Bowling Green Police Department is only an opening to the next chapter of his life.
"It was something I did give a lot of thought to because I really enjoyed being a police officer. I've done it again right at 20 years but I just felt like it was time to make the transition and change. I had a new call on my life," says Raley.
He may be moving on, but his detective work won't soon be forgotten. Bill Waltrip says Raley always had a special knack for solving cold cases.
"He liked digging. That's a quality people like in detectives because people want to find out an answer to a question or a problem that people don't know and he had that quality about him," says Waltrip.
"I really cared about those cases I was assigned and those cold cases just took on a lot of meaning for me because the impact it would have on the families," says Raley
Although he and other detectives have brought justice to many families. Raley remains certain he was just doing his job.
"I don't feel like I am a hero. I feel like I just represent the average, everyday, hard working person out there," says Raley.
For making an impact on our community. Digging deep so families could rest easy. We honor Barry Raley as this week's Hometown Hero.