Trooper Bobby Gene DeMuth, Jr. (42)
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Trooper DeMuth was born June 9, 1970, in Edgecombe County and served his country proudly as a United States Marine from 1988-1992. Gene joined the law enforcement brotherhood in 1994, later transferring to the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 2003. Trooper DeMuth was assigned to the Rocky Mount, Troop C District 1 Highway Patrol Office. Gene proudly served as a law enforcement officer for 18 years; four years with Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, two years with Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, three years with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle, and nine years with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The morning of September 8, 2012, Trooper DeMuth was struck and killed while attempting to deploy spike strips during a vehicle pursuit on U.S. 64 in Nash County. The 40-year-old suspect, who was wanted on multiple charges including two counts of kidnapping, was apprehended shortly thereafter and is being held at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC.
Genes’ wife Michelle DeMuth, 8-year-old son Trevor DeMuth, father Bobby Gene DeMuth, Sr., mother Mildred Posey Karachun, sister Kathy Marshall, and brother John Clifton DeMuth are among the family members left behind to cherish the memories of a loving husband, father, son, and brother.