TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Police men and women share a kinship whether they know each other or not. So on Thursday, local law enforcement will share in the duties while Vigo County Sheriff’s employees mourn the loss of one of their veteran deputies.
Robert A. Bartlett, 51, of Terre Haute died Saturday in a local hospital following a brief bout with cancer.
"51 is too young to die,” said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom, with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
Cottom lamented how Bartlett had a style of not making fun of anyone else, but making fun of himself; making himself the ‘butt’ of his own jokes.
"Bob was the type of person that would tell a story about himself. And he had a wonderful, wonderful memory!"
Cottom was open about how during his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement, Bartlett’s use of social tobacco seemed to come and go.
He remembered a time toward the end, during one of Bartlett’s sicker times in the hospital.
"I asked him, I said: Is there anything I can do? And he said, 'Well, tell them to stop smoking and to stop chewing,’” Cottom recalled Bartlett saying.
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