Orlando, FL – Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Deputy Tobin “Toby” Babcock died unexpectedly on Oct. 3 while on vacation with his family in Florida, according to his department.
The 48-year-old deputy, who served the LBPD in Indiana, passed away “peacefully in his sleep,” the department said in a press release later that day.
His exact cause of death was not immediately released.
“Our hearts are heavy today and we are extremely saddened to share that Deputy Tobin ‘Toby’ Babcock passed away today…” the LBPD said. “Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Babcock during this difficult time.”
Deputy Babcock served with the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the LBPD on July 28, 2005, according to his department.
He devoted 25 years of his life to his law enforcement career.
The LBPD said Deputy Babcock “served the Long Beach community with the utmost pride, professionalism, and dedication for the past 17 years.”
“As we mourn the loss of Deputy Babcock please take a moment to keep the family of Deputy Babcock in your thoughts and prayers. Deputy Babcock and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers,” the police department said. “He will be forever in our memories and we appreciate his friendship, dedication to the law enforcement profession, and the public service to the Long Beach community.”
Deputy Babcock leaves behind his children, Abigail and Matthew, as well as his fiancé, Jaime, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, his brother, and “many loving friends,” the tribute read.
Deputy Babcock will be laid to rest on Oct. 13.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Long Beach Police Department Deputy Tobin “Toby” Babcock, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.