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Nash County state trooper laid to rest

Posted September 12, 2012

— A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was laid to rest Wednesday after being killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

Trooper Bobby Gene DeMuth Jr. was deploying stop sticks Saturday morning during a high-speed chase through Wake and Nash counties when he was struck by a car near Spring Hope.

State flags flew at half-staff Wednesday in honor of DeMuth, a 12-year Highway Patrol veteran who was stationed in Rocky Mount.

More than 2,000 people attended services, and hundreds of troopers stood in formation in front of Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount as his body in a flag-draped coffin arrived in a horse-drawn carriage – behind it, a rider-less horse with an empty saddle.

A sign outside the church read, "Jesus loves the family of Trooper Gene DeMuth."

DeMuth, 42, leaves behind a wife and an 8-year-old son.

"It kind of puts things in perspective that life is precious," First Sgt. Jeff Gordon with the Highway Patrol said. "If you get anything out of this, reach out to your neighbor, reach out to your friends. Tell them you love them. Tell your kids you love them, because you never know, this may be your last day."

According to his obituary, DeMuth joined the Highway Patrol in 2003, having previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps, both the Wilson and Edgecombe County sheriff's offices and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

Saturday morning, he was trying to help Raleigh police stop a 1995 Nissan 200SX on eastbound U.S. Highway 64 when he was killed.

Christopher McCoy Rodgers, 40, of Williamston, was arrested on charges stemming from another crime and later charges of murder, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while impaired and resisting a public officer.

He was being held at Central Prison Tuesday evening.


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  • dontgetmestarted Sep 13, 2012

    Justmy2cents...I was thinking the very same thing. I hope when it's my time to go my service is as well done and delivers the very same message as his did. The speakers each delivered a message that would have made Gene proud. I was very touched and humbled by it.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 13, 2012

    I've known Trooper DeMuth since we were kids and was BLESSED enough to have been able to call him friend. BELIEVE me when I tell you he definitely knew God and believed in Jesus Christ. I find comfort in the FACT that I know he met his Lord and Savior face to face on September 8th and am sure his family does as well. I can only hope and pray that your friends and family can have that same peace that passeth all understanding as well when it's your time to go mr atheist. My prayers will ALWAYS be with Gene's family now and forever.

  • just my2cents Sep 13, 2012

    apparently the comment by the atheist was removed, but I have known Gene for many a decade, and I know that he certainly was not an atheist. He knew God, and his services left that BIG smile on his face as he looked down on us yesterday. The family is very thankful for the prayers that have been said on their behalf, and they ask for you to continue....

  • zpmarks Sep 13, 2012

    Praying for the friends and relatives of the trooper. Also praying for the guy who hit him. A really stupid decision to run ruined a bunch of lives.

  • AX MAN Sep 13, 2012

    This is a sad day for NC. A true fallen hero.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Sep 12, 2012

    R.I.P. And may God keep you now for eternity in His arms and take care of your loving family. You did not deserve this. I hopenour justice system works on your behalf. I am so sorry to hear of yet another tragedy.

  • BoyInBlue Sep 12, 2012

    RIP Brother

  • trannyatheist Sep 12, 2012

    Sending sweet loving thoughts to our fallen L.E.O.

  • yogi648 Sep 12, 2012

    allinfantsareatheists - If or when you own an establishment where people gather for a memorial service, then feel free to put whatever you want on your sign.

  • ghendricks Sep 12, 2012