ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A six year old student is helping to honor a fallen hero. Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett was killed in a traffic crash last Thursday night while responding to a pursuit.
Bentley Anderson and his mom, Heather Ring, are now making ribbons with a touch of love and heavy hearts.
"He was a hero because he helped everyone," said Bentley.
Previously Bartlett served as a a School Resource Officer at Gladeville and was someone Bentley and others looked up to.
"When he heard about him having a bad car accident. It just changed his opinion," said Heather Ring, Bentley's mother. "Made him think 'Well now he's not coming to our school so I want my classmates to know and remember him'".
The bashful 6 year old is creating the blue and black ribbons in Bartlett's memory.
"For everyone to be reminded of how successful and talented and how much of an impact he was," she said.
The family is selling each ribbon for a dollar and donating that money to Bartlett's loved one as a sign of appreciation for his service. Bartlett's tragic death is hard for people to understand, Bentley hopes to bring comfort and remind people of the 32 year old Army veteran who touched their lives.
"When you walk around and see everyone wearing these ribbons that's the first thing you are going to think about is Curtis," said Ring. "And maybe that a 6 year old made them because he inspired him so much."
Funeral services for Deputy Curtis Bartlett takes place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Galax.