The Recent Loss of Our Officers and Friends

06/05/2004 This week marks a dark period in CIS history. In one week, we have lost two of our own in two separate tragedies. On June 3rd, CIS Officer Ken Barker died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident and on June 5th, we lost Chris Neidrich to enemy fire in Iraq. Both Ken (Saber 122) and Chris (Raven 18) are men of distinction with this agency. Chris was a friend who many of us in senior management mentored since 1993. Throughout his career, Chris helped develop our CCBPI methodology and protected VIP’s from the Saudi Royal family, CNN anchorwoman Paula Zahn, Radio host Glenn Beck, and many others. Chris was currently assigned as Detail Leader for Blackwater protecting coalition interests in Iraq. Both of these men proudly served for our country, Ken a Marine and Chris a Navy Seal Candidate. They continued their service to the community and this agency with the same pride and distinction. Both of these men have left behind young children. Ken has a little girl named Madison and Chris has a boy named Gage. We are working on a scholarship for their children in their honor. If you would like to help or send condolences to the families, please email Mandy Holtz at Funeral arrangements with full honors for these officers are pending and will be announced on the CIS web site. – KC Poulin, CEO – Critical Intervention Services “The men and women in the private security field are the forgotten soldiers of an invisible empire.” Professor Christopher A. Hertig