Hero Down: Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers Dies In On-Duty Crash
Orlando, FL – Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Tracy Vickers died in the line of duty on Friday morning, after his patrol vehicle collided with the back of another vehicle.
The 31-year-old trooper was traveling eastbound on Route 408 near Conway Road on his way home, when his vehicle collided with a truck carrying construction equipment just before 6 a.m., WKMG reported.
His patrol vehicle became trapped under the truck due to the force of the collision, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The four-year veteran-of-the-force died at the scene, WKMG reported.
The cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation, and officers said they are working to recover potential dashcam footage of the crash.
“The hardest part of this job is receiving phone calls like the one I received this morning,” FHP Colonel Gene Spaulding told reporters during an emotional press conference. “I’m sad to report the loss of one of our own, Trooper Tracy Vickers.”
Col. Spaulding said that the FHP is “heartbroken” over Trooper Vickers’ tragic death.
He described the fallen trooper as a “leader,” who trained and mentored new troopers while serving as a field training officer.
Trooper Vickers, a U.S. Navy veteran, was also a member of the FHP’s Quick Response Force (QRF), which handles major incidents, including civil unrest and hurricanes, Col. Spaulding said.
"For many of you, you don't know the challenges of being a QRF member, but when Hurricane Michael hit and these guys had to pack up and be prepared to be gone for six weeks, living, sometimes in very, very poor conditions with no electricity and no running water – that was the guy he was. He did it willingly, he did it passionately, and he did a phenomenal job for us," the colonel explained, according to WKMG.
Col. Spaulding described Trooper Vickers as a “trooper’s trooper,” and said he was passionate about his work and his fellow officers.
“He did what was needed,” the colonel said. “He will be truly missed.”
Trooper Vickers’ family said he was engaged to be married, WKMG reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.