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Services planned for DMV trainee who died of heat stroke

Posted August 2, 2010

— Funeral services will be held on Tuesday for a man training for a position with the state Division of Motor Vehicles who died of complications from heat stroke last week.

Timothy Charles Barnes, 38, of Rocky Mount, was training to be an inspector in the DMV's License and Theft Bureau at the North Carolina Justice Academy southeast of Asheville.

He collapsed on July 27 after physical training at the Edneyville facility.

Barnes was among 13 recruits who were doing a strength and endurance test, which included sprinting, push ups, sit ups and a 1.5 mile run, said DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell. The test was done in intervals with water breaks in between, she said.

Barnes was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he died. His fiancée, Vernadette Garland, said the medical examiner told the family that he suffered heat stroke, which led to kidney failure and cardiac arrest.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, Garland said. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.


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  • mamabearprotectinghercub Aug 2, 2010

    This is sad. My prayers go out to friends & family also.

    The Big E, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that I can say but sorry. I am not good at this. I just lost all grand parents so I know what it feels like to lose someone you love. I am sorry for your loss & family, & friends.

  • wakeconative4ever Aug 2, 2010

    This is so sad. Many prayers to the family and friends of this man.

  • The Big E Aug 2, 2010

    RIP brother.

  • wcumom Aug 2, 2010

    He could have taken in too much water.

  • Whatever Geez Aug 2, 2010

    tues is also the funeral for Jon Willis of Greene County SO.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Aug 2, 2010

    So sorry for the family, he was well known in Nash County and well liked. Did a great job at the S.O. and at the schools.

    No excuse for this for those running the programs. PT instructors know what their duties are. Heat stroke is preventable and it is the instructors fault this happened. This statement will make some people angry but it is the truth. The state needs to look at the program, who was running it, how he got to this point of dehydration. There were only 13 taking the test....easy to monitor that amount of people, someone was not doing their job and should be held accountable. If there were 80 people out there, maybe you could see someone losing him in the crowd, but 13, no way...especially an instructor (better have been a qualified instructor on hand, EMTs standing by during testing? we always had them).