Inspector Timothy Charles Barnes North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau North Carolina End of Watch: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Photograph: Inspector Timothy Charles Barnes Patch image: North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau, North Carolina

Inspector Timothy Charles Barnes
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau
North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Inspector Timothy Barnes suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after completing physical training at the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau inspector training program.
He was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville after collapsing and passed away a short time later.
Inspector Barnes had served with the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau for only nine weeks. He had previously served with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.

Agency Contact Information
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau
1100 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 24699
Phone: () –
Please contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Edneyville, N.C. — A man training for a position with the state Division of Motor Vehicles died of complications from heat stroke Wednesday, a day after he collapsed, according to his fiancée and family members.

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 Tuesday after physical training at the Edneyville facility, the DMV said in a statement released Thursday.

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.

Garland said she saw him at the hospital and that he was able to talk with her shortly before his condition rapidly deteriorated.

"He said he was having some physical pain. He was hurting," she said."I felt like there was something serious, not deathly serious."

Barnes’ father, Charlie Barnes, said he does not blame anyone for his son’s death, but he does want to make sure that trainees’ conditions are monitored.

"The only question I would have is: ‘He didn’t show any signs of exhaustion or weakening?’" Charlie Barnes said.

The DMV reviewed the bureau’s training requirements and regimen and determined that the staff followed all protocol, Howell said, noting that it is the same test given to law enforcement officers. The heat index on Tuesday was 82 degrees, she added.

Barnes worked for 10 years as a sheriff’s deputy in Nash County and was also a school resource office there before joining the License and Theft Bureau on May 17. He had completed a nine-week basic training program on Wednesday and was supposed to graduate the same day.

"He was a good man and, like I said before, I’m going to miss him, and I know his fellow officers are going to miss him," said Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins.

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3 Responses to “Inspector Timothy Charles Barnes North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau North Carolina End of Watch: Wednesday, July 28, 2010”


  1. 1 Leora August 2, 2010 at 09:56

    To the family of Inspector Barnes:

    May God’s light shine with Inspector Barnes and the Barnes Family will be in our prayers.

  2. 2 Trina August 8, 2010 at 07:27

    The family should look into this more!!!!! The PT guy was degrading him!!! He didn’t call for help in a timely matter! If my loved one was told the things he was told before he died, heaven help that inspector!!!

    • 3 themunz August 8, 2010 at 08:53

      Trina, I understand your anxiety and share the loss of a brother. Although he may very well have been degrading him it is standard practice during P.T. for trainers to do this to recruits and trainees. When you are training paramilitary people they need to be placed under stress so when they are in real, uncontrolled situations they don’t go to pieces. It also helps determine the psychology of the trainee as putting on a false face during aggravated times is much harder to do than when all is very comfortable.
      These types of techniques are crucial to law enforcement to keep officers to a caliber befitting the profession. Without them you would have more men and women who were incapable of acting under stress doing a job that they are incapable of.


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