Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, September 28, 2015

Rosemary Vela

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to backup another deputy.

She was traveling on Highway 70 West, near Huntersville, when her patrol car left the roadway during a period of heavy rain. The vehicle struck a tree and then came to rest in a creek.

Deputy Vela had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Office for five months and had previously served with the Alamo Police Department and the Crockett County Sheriff's Office. She is survived by her 5-year-old son.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 7809

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

single vehicle crash

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Rosemary was killed.

To the Vela family, fellow officers, and all who call Rosemary beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Vela gave to her community and the citizens of Tennessee and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on September 28, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

June 25, 2016

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