Hillsville, VA - Carroll County Sheriff's Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett was killed on-duty late Thursday night in Hillsville.
The Virginia State Police responded a crash involving the deputy on Route 58 and Interstate 77 near the Exit 14 exit ramp in Carroll County just after 10 PM. According to police, Deputy Bartlett was responding to assist officers with a pursuit going on in Carroll County when the collision occurred.
“A Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy was responding to assist a fellow Sheriff’s Deputy and Virginia State Police trooper with an ongoing pursuit in Carroll County. The Sheriff’s Deputy was traveling west on Route 58 with emergency lights and sirens activated when it collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto Route 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp,” the Virginia State Police said in a press release early Friday morning. “The tractor-trailer had the green light and was only traveling approximately 25 mph. The Deputy’s vehicle was unable to avoid the tractor-trailer and struck the rear tandem. The Sheriff’s Deputy died at the scene.”
“The pursuit was initiated by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy at approximately 9:50 PM, along Route 58 near I-77 Exit 14,” the State Police said in a press release. “The suspect vehicle went through a field and then the driver and passenger fled on foot. Within minutes both suspects were in custody – one was apprehended by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy and the other taken into custody by a Virginia State Police Trooper assisting with the pursuit.”
Sheriff J.B. Gardner responded to the scene of the collision and according to Mt. Airy News. was emotional as he shared the information about deputy Bartlett.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must announce the death of Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett. Deputy Bartlett, 32, did not survive the line-of-duty crash he was involved in late Thursday evening, March 9, 2017."
“Having become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Curtis was recognized for his commitment to health, nutrition and fitness, and strived to motivate others within our Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to work towards healthier lifestyles,” Sheriff Gardner said. “He was also an accomplished pilot and in 2013 was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for achieving FAA Airmen Certification.”
Deputy Curtis Bartlett was a prior infantry soldier with the U.S. Army from 2004-2007. He also served as a patrol officer in Albermarle, N.C. He had earned his instructor certifications through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) for firearms, Taser, and fitness training. Bartlett was also a certified K9 handler through the US Department of Defense.
Deputy Curtis Bartlett is survived by his parents and four siblings. “I ask that everyone keep Deputy Bartlett’s family in their hearts and prayers during this most difficult of times. His loss is being felt by everyone within his family at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and our neighboring police agencies in Galax and Hillsville and the state police,” Sheriff Gardner said. “Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Curtis Bartlett, both blood and blue, as well as the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Rest easy hero, we've got the watch from here.
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