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Hero Down: Vacaville Police Sgt. Vince Nadasdy Succumbs To Illness

Vacaville, CA – Vacaville Police Department (VPD) Sergeant Vince “Vinny” Nadasdy died on May 2 after a courageous battle against an incurable illness, according to his department.

Sgt. Nadasdy’s exact cause of death was not released.

BPD Chief Ian Schmutzler announced the beloved sergeant’s death in a letter to police staff shortly after his passing, according to The Reporter.

“Mere words fall entirely short when trying to describe the pain and sense of loss that we are all feeling right now, knowing we won’t be hearing Vinnie’s ‘Sam One, 10-8’ on the radio any longer,” Chief Schmutzler wrote.

“Vince was figuratively AND literally such a big part of this organization, this community, that it’s difficult to imagine this place without the ‘Hungarian Bear’ walking the halls,” the chief continued. “That huge smile that would come across Vinnie’s face when just acknowledging your presence…and that barreling laugh that would emanate from his office, be it Patrol, Traffic, OPS, or SVU.”

Sgt. Nadasdy, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, served in the Canadian Armed Forces’ Airborne Regiment as a paratrooper and radio operator prior to becoming a Provincial Court Officer in Toronto, Canada, the VPD said in a press release.

He was later hired by the Toronto Police Department’s (TPD) 55 Division as a police constable.

Sgt. Nadasdy and his family relocated to Vacaville in 2000 for his wife’s career.

He was hired by the VPD in 2002, and graduated from the police academy with multiple top honors.

“Throughout Vince’s tenure with our department, he has been an esteemed colleague, a leader, a mentor and a dear friend,” the VPD said. “Sgt. Nadasdy embraced each assignment throughout his career.”

In addition to being a member of the agency’s SWAT team for 14 years, Sgt. Nadasdy also led the Vacaville Fiesta Days’ Parade and served six years as a detective with the Investigative Unit.

He later became supervisor of the VPD’s Special Victim’s Unit and Traffic Unit.

“Vince’s love for our community was demonstrated by his commitment to service and stewardship,” the VPD said. “He made peoples’ lives better with every interaction.”

Sgt. Nadasdy received the VPD’s Customer Service Award in 2010, and was named Officer of the Year in 2011.

“Vince’s personnel file is filled with commendations from Vacaville’s community members attesting to this commitment,” the VPD noted. “Vince cared for others selflessly. He showed up for his brothers and sisters at the Vacaville PD without question. He had the innate ability to make you smile; no matter the challenge, the circumstance or the crisis.”

The late sergeant had an “electrifying” smile and “laughed in an unmistakable way that filled the halls of the police department,” the agency said. “His voice, and his memorable laughter, will forever resonate in all of us.”

Sgt. Nadasdy leaves behind his wife and children.

“As we grieve the immense loss of our brother Vince, we will reflect on our many indelible memories of this remarkable husband, father, friend and police officer,” the VPD’s post read. “His life ended much too soon, but the legacy of kindness and empathy he leaves here at Vacaville Police Department, is one that unites us, empowers us and leaves us all better for having been part of it.”

A fundraising campaign established to help Sgt. Nadasdy’s family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $1,600 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Vacaville Police Department Sergeant Vince “Vinny” Nadasdy, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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