Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee End of Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela | Madison County Sheriff's Office, TennesseeMadison County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela

Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 24
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 29, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff John Mehr
Madison County Sheriff’s Office
546 East College Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Phone: (731) 423-6000

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to backup another deputy at approximately 2:00 am.
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 Alama Police Department and Crockett County Sheriff’s Office. She is survived by her 5-year-old son.

Madison County Sheriff John Mehr said Deputy Rosemary Vela was responding to a call for back-up when she died in a one-car crash on U.S. 70 West late Monday night.

"While in heavy rain, Deputy Vela’s vehicle left the road, hit a tree and came to rest in a creek," Mehr said in a news release this afternoon. "She was pronounced dead at the scene. She is survived by her 5-year-old son."

The accident happened between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Monday night on Highway 70 West near Huntersville, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Mapes. Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Wilbanks said THP responded to the crash, but a report will not be available for a few days.

Vela joined the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in April of this year. Previously she worked for the Alamo Police Department and the Crockett County Sheriff’s Office, Mehr said.

One of Vela’s best friends, Britany Dorado, said Vela did everything she could for her son.

"She was dedicated to her son," Dorado told The Jackson Sun. "She was always looking out for her son. She made a point to get him on a healthy diet."

Dorado said Vela, 24, would take her 5-year-old son on walks and runs with her while she worked out. When he needed help on homework, she set aside time to help study for his kindergarten tests and assignments. Dorado said her friend’s son was excited when he made a perfect score on a test after studying with his mom that week.

Dorado said she worked with Vela in Crockett County, when Vela was a deputy sheriff and Dorado worked in the jail. Dorado now works with the Brownsville Police Department.

"She was one of my biggest cheerleaders," Dorado said.

She said the loss will affect many people beyond police officers and Vela’s friends and family.

"She touched lives all over," Dorado said. "She was truly incredible. Her loss will be felt all over. There are so many lives she’s touched."

Dorado said her friend’s death came too soon.

"I’m devastated. I’m shocked. I’m a lot of negative emotions," Dorado said. "She deserved the world. It really is too soon. She had so much to offer as a mother and friend."

Donations to the Rosemary Vela Memorial Fund can be sent to The Foundation, 620 Skyline Drive, Jackson, TN 38301. The Foundation is also known as the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.

According to a post on the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, Vela began her law enforcement career at the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department

"She leaves behind a young son who is in kindergarten," the post said. "Even though she was still very early in her law enforcement career, she was a fantastic officer and no doubt would have worked her way through the ranks. We request prayers for her family, the Madison and Crockett County Sheriff’s Departments, and the whole emergency services family."

Vela was hired by Madison County on April 23, 2015, according to Deputy Mayor Tony White.

Facebook posts began circulating this morning of badges reading "Deputy Sheriff Madison County TN" with a black band across them.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.


1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee End of Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 2015”

  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. September 29, 2015 at 22:02

    My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.

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