Veterans in Carroll County are looking back on some of Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s final hours, which he spent meeting with girl scouts at the VFW post in Hillsville.
Bartlett, a Carroll County sheriff’s deputy, was killed late Thursday night in a crash during a pursuit, according to officials.
“I know some of the kids that have had him at school as a resource officer at Hillsville Elementary School, and…everybody just loved him,” said Donald Trausneck, junior vice commander of VFW Post 1115.
Trausneck said he was there Thursday night when Deputy Bartlett was showing local girl scouts what his K9 Tyco can do.
“He let the kids come up and pet the dog,” Trausneck said. “And he said, ‘Now if the dog jumps up on you, don’t pet him. That’s how I teach him how not to jump up.'”
“He was just friendly and nice to everybody,” said family friend Oscar Hall. “He was a good kid.”
Hall said he first met Bartlett when he was five years old.
“Good, Christian people,” Hall said of Bartlett’s family. “They’re a tight-knit family. They hang together.”
It’s a somber time inside VFW Post 1115, where veterans said Deputy Bartlett, an Army veteran, was set to become a member. But people there said they are grateful for the good memories to look back on.
“I’m just so glad that I got to meet him personally like that and that I shared some moments with him in his final, final hours,” Trausneck said.
Each May, VFW Post 1115 holds its annual Peace Officers Memorial Service to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty, Trausneck said. Veterans plan to honor Deputy Bartlett by dedicating this year’s ceremony to him, he added.