Every now and then, we receive a visit from a retired member of the Department who enjoys spending some time with the “new” guys (and gals!). This was received this week via email from a family member of one of the Department’s former Cadets telling us about his brother’s life since that program. We are so grateful to people reaching out to us with their stories, photos and recollections and encourage others to do the same. Thank you to Vincent G. Torpy Sr for taking the time to share with us. We are happy to share this as this week’s #throwbackthursday.
“My brother, Wayne D. Torpy, was a PCSO cadet in the early 70s. The first photo was taken in about 1972. Wayne went on to distinguish himself in a long law enforcement career. He graduated from the police academy in Orlando, Florida, in 1978, and began a career as a police officer in a Melbourne, Florida. Over the next 25 years he rose through the ranks: canine officer, motorcycle officer, sergeant, Lt., Captain, Major and, finally, Deputy Chief, retiring in 2003. After his career in Florida, he was hired as Chief in Los Alamos, N.M. The second picture is an internet based photo of him at a press conference after a major fire in L.A. He retired from L.A. in 2013.
Wayne now lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. He remembers fondly his start in law enforcement as a Cadet under the tutelage of great mentors like Charlie Moore, Carmine Restivo, Tony Edwards, Ron Newberry and many other deputies of that era.”
Chief Torpy, you have done us proud! Thank you for your service! #putnamsheriffny #putnamcountyny @pcsocadets #thethinblueline #lawenforcement #careersstarthere