Sgt. Thomas Vitale
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sgt. Thomas Vitale. Sgt. Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty Saturday and did not survive.
Sgt. Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed.
Sgt. Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 in Deming. He also is 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,” Chief Kassetas said. “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.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Please keep the Vitale family in your thoughts and prayers as we honor his memory.