Members of the Suffolk County Police Department mourn the loss of an active member, Constable Vincent Pelliccio, who died in a car crash on November 8.
Pelliccio began his professional career as a teacher, but the dream of following in his retired NYPD detective father’s footsteps prevailed when he joined the Suffolk County Police Department on December 15, 2014. After graduating from the Police Academy, he was assigned to the Third District. as a uniformed patrol officer and became an officer in plain clothes in the Third Police Station Gang Task Force in March 2019. Pelliccio also served his fellow police officers as a delegate of the Police Benevolent Association.
In 2019, Pelliccio received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, which recognizes service members who have overcome a serious injury, illness or disability and returned to work for overcoming their battle with testicular cancer. Diagnosed in September 2017 at the age of 26, he underwent both radiation and chemotherapy treatments, struggling to regain his health and return to work. Even when he was too ill to report to work, he was constantly in contact with his colleagues and friends in SCPD, expressing his desire to help and return to his area at Central Islip. He resumed his duties in March 2018.
“Constable Pelliccio was a dedicated member of the Third District who overcame personal adversity to continue serving the people of Suffolk County,” said Third District Inspector John Rowan. “His perseverance and unwavering commitment to his vocation as a police officer are inspiring. Vinny will be missed but not forgotten by this command.”
In addition to ministerial recognition, Pelliccio was named Cop of the Month in April 2020 along with Police Officer Anthony Devincenzo for the arrest of a violent gang member and drug dealer in September 2019. While he was monitoring a known gang and drug location in the North Bay Shore, officers saw the gang member outside a store and found marijuana on the sidewalk near where he was. As the matter approached, he fled officers to a barbershop with several civilians. During a violent scuffle, Pelliccio deployed his Taser and the subject was taken into custody, where he was found to be in possession of several weapons and narcotics.
âVinny was an extremely dedicated young man who loved being a police officer and was always eager to perform and excel in his law enforcement duties,â said Third District Sgt. Philip Dluginski. âHe fully embraced police culture and loved spending time with his blue family both inside and outside of work. All of his friends and colleagues will be sadly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fiancÃ©e at this time. “
Pelliccio, 30, of Ronkonkoma, is survived by his parents, Tony and Angela, his sister, Niki, and his fiancee, Danielle Trotta. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
“I am devastated to learn of the passing of Vincent Pelliccio, Third District Gang Task Force officer,” said Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Director. âI had the pleasure of meeting Constable Pelliccio when he was honored for his exceptional work in keeping our communities safe. An exemplary law enforcement professional and a relentless fighter who returned to work after winning a battle with cancer, the tragic death of Constable Pelliccio has rocked our entire police family. My thoughts and prayers are with his fiancee and family during this incredibly difficult time. “
“Constable Vincent Pelliccio was an exemplary and distinguished member of the Suffolk County Police Department whose dedication to family, friends and the residents of Suffolk County has been an inspiration to others throughout his years of service, âActing Suffolk County Police Commissioner Stuart said. Cameron said. “His loss is felt by everyone in the BPSD family, and I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”