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Main Character: Miami
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Name Timothy Speedle
Gender Male
Birth Date June 24, 1973
Family Unknown
CityMiami
Job CSI
Rank CSI Level 3
Specialty Trace
Impressions
Status Deceased- died after being shot during a gunfight in a jewellery store.
Portrayed By Rory Cochrane
First Appearance Seasons 1-3

Timothy "Tim Speed" Speedle was a fictional character on the television series CSI: Miami. He was portrayed by Rory Cochrane.

Biography

Tim Speedle was a Trace and Impressions expert with the Miami-Dade Crime Lab and a CSI assigned to the dayshift where he worked under Horatio Caine.

In the season 8 opening episode, it was revealed that he had been recommended to Horatio by Jesse Cardoza who transferred to the LAPD at the time and returned recently. Speedle was working at St. Petersburg PD at the time and Cardoza recommended Speed to Horatio.

Despite his skill as a CSI, Speedle was habitually neglectful of gun maintenance (episode 1-18, "Dispo Day"), which when it happened the second time around, contributed to his death in episode 301, "Lost Son," when his gun jammed during a shootout.

While Speedle was distracted, a suspect fatally wounded him by shooting Speed in the heart and chest, causing him to fall to the ground. He died moments later in Horatio Caine's arms, having bled to death while also choking on his own blood with his death leaving the CSI team completely devastated.

He had been close friends with colleague Eric Delko, and had been the one to "welcome" him with a friendly hazing when he first joined the lab (episode 308, "Speed Kills").

Even after Speedle's death, Delko remains protective of his memory and reputation (episodes 306, "Hell Night;" 323, "Whacked").

In the aftermath of his death, Speed's void on the team was later filled by former patrol officer Ryan Wolfe.

During a first-season episode, Speed and Delko, during a night of clubbing on the town, were caught in a devastating and deadly fire when the nightclub bouncer set the building alight in a twisted effort to be a hero. Speedle was instrumental in saving lives when he noticed an emergency-exit door ajar, and he guided many victims to safety. Despite the trauma of the blaze, he insisted on working the scene with the rest of his team (episode 122, Tinder Box).

Legacy

Three years after Speedle's death, his memory is still tender in the hearts and minds of his colleagues. They leave his locker and effects intact, intriguing those who came after his demise (episode 604, "Bang, Bang, Your Debt").

Personality

Like the rest of the team, Speedle was introduced in the backdoor pilot, Cross Jurisdictions where it was shown that he was something of a happy go lucky and energetic character who wasted no time in telling Delko about how much bacteria is in water.

By the time Golden Parachute had aired, Speed's personality had changed and he became a short-tempered, moody man with a very sarcastic sense of humour.

He also, at one point, borrows Calleigh Duquesne's crime light and forgets to recharge it, much to her annoyance. Speedle's cavalier attitude also features in other ways, as well.

He rides his bike to work, and claims that he's happy with that rather than a standard automobile (episode 301, "Lost Son").

He states that he sees his job as a CSI as no more than a "paycheck", lacking the enthusiasm for criminology and justice shared by the rest of the team (episode 218, "Wannabe").

Also showcased in the series is his role as best friend to Eric Delko. This facet of him is particularly evident in episode 604, "Bang, Bang, Your Debt," a full three years after Speedle's death (episode 301, "Lost Son").

Delko, still feeling the effects of a head injury suffered in "Man Down" (episode 514), suffers from vivid hallucinations of his deceased friend, which ultimately leads to the discovery that Audio-Visual Lab Technician Dan Cooper had stolen Speedle's credit card. This episode, especially with Speedle's appearance therein, illustrates the ongoing trauma of the violent death of a friend (in this case, Speed) on those who were close with that individual. When Cooper claims that, since Speed is dead, no one got hurt, Calleigh Duquesne angrily points out that Eric is hurt, and so is she, in particular, by the false hope the card charges (coupled with Delko's hallucinations) engendered.

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