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Trooper dies after surgery for on-duty injury

Posted May 20, 2009

— A state Highway Patrol trooper died Tuesday after undergoing a surgery for an injury he suffered more than two years ago, authorities said.

Trooper Kyle P. Barber, 46, died at Wake Forest University Hospital, becoming the 61st trooper to die in the line of duty since the formation of the Highway Patrol in 1929.

On Jan 20, 2007, Barber was assisting another trooper that had stopped an all-terrain vehicle on a rural road in Wilkes County. The ATV rolled, pinning Barber against his patrol car.

He suffered major injuries to his lower legs and has undergone 10 surgeries and other medical treatments since then, authorities said.

Barber joined the Highway Patrol in May 1985. He is survived by his wife and three children.


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  • gordonbabe May 22, 2009

    I realized just yesterday afternoon that this is the same Trooper that assisted in a wreck when I was 17 years old; the same LEO that also assisted when another cop tried to ticket me for 28 in a 25 a few weeks later when I had just started driving again.

    This is a horrible loss for his family to say the very least. My prayers go out to them.

    But for current and future LEOs, it is a sad day that you have lost such a sterling example of Community Police work at its absolute highest standards.

    Trooper Barber was well known in the Silk Hope Community outside of Siler City. We are all saddened by this loss.

  • Skywatch_NC May 21, 2009

    Must have been a pretty big ATV to do that much damage to the trooper. :(

  • the JETHROSEXUAL May 21, 2009

    just how big was the ATV, and why did he need 10 surgeries??? I mean, Ive had some 80 MPH motorcycle get offs and didnt need any surgery......just curious

  • shoyaryt May 21, 2009

    "No Greater Love hath a man, that he would lay down his own life for his brother!"

    Thank you Trooper Barber for your service, commitment and sacrifice. RIP.

  • biglaw May 20, 2009

    I personally knew this Trooper and his Family. He was a Great Trooper that liked helping others. That was exactly what he was doing when the accident happened. What a loss. I as well as all his friends will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • drnc May 20, 2009

    Very sad. These men put their lives on the line every day for very little pay.

  • xchief661 May 20, 2009

    Im so sorry for this family. "God please touch this family and give them some comfort." Many thanks for his service to the community.

  • jprime May 20, 2009

    Very sad indeed. What happened during surgery I wonder, considering the injury was years ago?

  • redwarrior May 20, 2009

    GodSpeed, Trooper.

  • daisymom May 20, 2009

    Praying for the family.