The Nash County community and the State Highway Patrol are mourning the loss of one of their own.
"It's forever etched in everybody's mind," said Col. Michael Gilchrist, North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Symbolizing grief, flags fly at half-staff at the office of Troop C, District One in Rocky Mount where Trooper Bobby "Gene" DeMuth worked for 12 years.
DeMuth was killed Saturday while trying to stop a fleeing suspect.
Gilchrist says he broke the news to DeMuth's wife and sister, who were too upset to talk about the incident.
"Gene is a dedicated family man, he's a dedicated member of the State Highway Patrol," said Gilchrist.
Others describe him as a man who loved his job, his community and his family.
"He's given his life to the people of Nash County. He's given his life to the State Highway Patrol, and we will support his family," said Gilchrist.
DeMuth's funeral is likely to draw officers from across the country.
"Here in Nash County, it's a tight group of troopers that work in this particular county, and they're going to be there for support for the family of Trooper DeMuth," said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Gilchrist said DeMuth was an integral part of the community. He leaves behind a wife and child in Battleboro.
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