Florida trooper killed in Orlando crash honored with uniform dedication

Sgt. Tracy Vickers died in September 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. – A uniform dedication ceremony Wednesday honored the life of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who died four years ago in an Orlando crash.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tracy Vickers died on Sept. 27, 2019, in a crash in Orlando. Vickers was driving on State Road 408 near Conway Road around 5:50 a.m. when his patrol car struck the back of a construction vehicle. Vickers died of his injuries.

Trooper Pete Hooker described Vickers as a friendly, outgoing man who liked training exercises.

“It’s just something that doesn’t go away. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him,” Hooker said.

Vickers, a U.S. Navy veteran, had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his fiancée and other family members and is proudly remembered by his law enforcement family.

Four years later, Mission BBQ, a proud supporter of military members, veterans and first responders dedicated a Florida Highway Patrol uniform in honor of Vickers and place a dedication on the wall inside the restaurant.

“Just to kind of have that there where someone can say, ‘Hey, what about this trooper?’ There will be something there for everybody to understand who Tracy was and what happened to him,” Hooker said.

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Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Mark Lehman became a News 6 reporter in July 2014, but he's been a Central Florida journalist and part of the News 6 team for much longer. While most people are fast asleep in their bed, Mark starts his day overnight by searching for news on the streets of Central Florida.