The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Staff Writer 

Patrol Officer Ends His Shift – Brevard NC


On Dec. 21, 1984, Rodney Stinson stood beside his patrol car as a newly sworn-in member of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

This past Feb. 12, the 51-year-old Stinson again stood beside his patrol car for one last time as he finished his last day on the job after 29 years of service in law enforcement.

“I really don’t look that different,” Stinson said with a laugh as he studied the two photographs.

Stinson, a Hickory native, has seen the good, the bad and everything in between during a career that saw him log at least 1 million miles on the roads (enough to travel to the moon and back twice...

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