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Funeral arrangements announced for Carroll County Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett

March 10, 2017 | VACP

News Image The VACP recommends that Va. law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett though the day of his funeral – Wednesday, March 15.

Our sincerest condolences to Deputy Bartlett's family and friends and to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Funeral Arrangements

Arrangements for Deputy Bartlett are as follows:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 1400-2100 HRS (2:00 – 9:00 PM)

First Baptist Church
1024 E Stuart Drive
Galax, VA 24333

Funeral Services
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • 1400 HRS (2:00 PM)

First Baptist Church
1024 E Stuart Drive
Galax, VA 24333

Any law enforcement agency that may have officers, honour guard, color guard, or any other special units planning to attend the services for Carroll County Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett, please contact Trooper N. S. Rife at 276-733-5542.

The two news releases below are from Carroll County Sheriff John B. Gardner and from the Virginia State Police:

Statement from Sheriff John B. Gardner, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office:

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.

Curtis joined the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in June 2013 and was highly respected by his peers for his dedication to duty and passion for public service. He had extensive experience in private security and served his country as an infantry soldier with the U.S. Army from November 2004 to July 2007. Prior to joining the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Curtis also served a year as a patrol officer in Albemarle, N.C.

He earned instructor certifications through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) for firearms, Taser, and fitness training. Curtis was a certified K9 handler through the US Department of Defense. He was a 2013 graduate of the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy in Dublin, Va., and a graduate of Galax High School.

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. He was also an accomplished pilot and in 2013 was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for achieving FAA Airmen Certification.

He is survived by his parents, Sam and Linda Bartlett of Galax, Va, 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.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.


VSP Press Release: VSP Investigating Fatal Crash in Carroll County

The Virginia State Police are on the scene of a crash involving a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy and a tractor-trailer. The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday (March 9) at the intersection of Route 58 and the Interstate 77 Exit 14 exit ramp in Carroll County.

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 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 Sheriff’s Deputy was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 59-year-old male from Barren Springs, Va., was not injured in the crash.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by the Virginia State Police.

The pursuit was initiated by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy at approximately 9:50 p.m., along Route 58 near I-77 Exit 14. 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.