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Detective Thomas Tingue of Ocala, Fla. named officer of the year

Detective Thomas Tingue
WEST VALLEY — Thomas Tingue of Ocala, Fla., a former West Valley resident and Marion County sheriff’s detective, was named officer of the year, by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Tingue attended Vanguard High School in Ocala and has worked for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, for more than 12 years. He and his wife Genea have three children, Haylee, Hannah and Hunter.

Tingue was nominated for the Officer of the Year Award by Major Crystal Stone and presented with the title, during an award dinner held Jan. 19. Bernadett Castro from New York state was the event’s guest speaker.

In his recommendation of Tingue for officer of the year, Stone said, “Detective Tingue not only shows a high level of activity, here at the sheriff’s office, but he is very active in the community. As of October 2012, Detective Tingue has had a higher case load and closed more cases than any other property crimes detective in the department, for the year. Detective Tingue has developed many informants throughout the county, which not only assist him in closing his cases, but has assisted in major crimes, as well.”

Tingue is a member of the Honor Guard, Hostage Negotiations and Field Force. According to Stone, Tingue traveled to Tampa, through Field Force, to assist with the Republican National Convention.

“He stays active in the community,” Stone continued. “He is active in his church, to include being in the choir. He has played integral parts in fundraisers for the March of Dimes and breast cancer. His most recent endeavor was helping organize a golf tournament for a fellow deputy, who suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized for over a month. Through his assistance, over $12,000 was raised for the family.

“It is for these reasons and more that I feel Detective Tingue should be considered for the Officer of the Year Award.”

To view a portion of the awards dinner, in which Tingue was recently recognized, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=To3X2GqmNzI.
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