Rest in peace Sgt. Thomas Vitale … We honor your life of dedicated service and pray for the comfort of your loved ones, both blood and blue!

From the New Mexico State Police:

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sergeant Thomas Vitale. Sergeant Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty today and did not survive. Sergeant Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed.

Sergeant Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 Deming, NM. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas wishes for everyone to know what an exemplary public servant Sgt. Vitale was. “This tragic incident leaves us mourning the life of an extraordinary man. While we mourn the passing of Sgt. Vitale, we are blessed to have known him. Sgt. Vitale was an example of what every State Police officer strives to be,” stated Chief Kassetas. “He was dedicated and passionate about serving his state and community and did so in a distinguished and honorable manner. We will miss Sgt. Vitale greatly, and he will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Thomas Vitale is gone, but never forgotten.

End of watch: May 19, 2018

Thomas Vitale

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