Sgt. Vincent Turocy earned his Bachelors in Emergency Services Management and now serves as the midnight supervisor for the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) over a 6,000 mile Middle Tennessee territory. He is also a DUI Instructor and involved in Instructor Development. He was named Statewide Trooper of the Year in 2001 and again in 2013. He was the District Trooper of the Year in 2001, 2012, and in 2013.
A truly dedicated professional, he deeply cares, not only about those he serves, but about his fellow “brothers and sisters in blue.” He was instrumental in planning MADD Tennessee’s first annual Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony in 2015 and in subsequent years. The event honors approximately 200 officers and community partners each year with approximately 450 in attendance annually. His enthusiasm for supporting Tennessee’s law enforcement community earned him the position of Law Enforcement Committee Chair on the MADD Tennessee State Advisory Board. He also captains the THP Law Enforcement team for the Middle Tennessee Walk Like MADD event and serves on the Tennessee State Advisory Board Fundraising Committee. In 2017, he was presented with MADD Tennessee’s Directors Choice Award.
Ironically, in January of 2019, while on patrol on Briley Parkway in Nashville, he became a victim himself. He was hit from behind by an alleged impaired driver with a BAC of .191, who was charged with DUI, possession of Schedule IV substances, possession of Schedule II substances and violating implied consent and open container laws. Sgt. Turocy suffered several injuries and had to have back surgery that required him to be off duty for months as a result of the crash.
In his spare time, he enjoys collecting THP historical items. He says he joined the board “to help eliminate impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways and to educate youth on the importance of not consuming alcohol under age.”