Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Sgt. Joshua “Josh” Mabe was killed in an accident June 6, according to a report from Lt. Bill Miller.
Mabe, a 10-year veteran of the THP, will killed during a farming accident on his family farm in Sneedville. The report states that he was working on the front-end loader of his tractor after he had loaded several bales of hay. As he was working on the front-end loader, the loader dropped and struck Mabe.
“After being struck, Josh then succumbed to his injuries and died doing what he loved to do, which was working on the family farm,” stated Miller.
Mabe worked in Claiborne County during his tenure with the THP.
Mabe held an Associate Degree from Walters State Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tusculum University.
In 2005, Mabe was selected to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center as Tennessee state trooper cadet. Upon graduation from the state trooper academy Mabe began his career as state trooper in the THP Fall Branch District.
In 2008, he was selected as the Fall Branch District Trooper of the Year.
In announcing that Mabe was Trooper of the Year, THP stated that he wrote a total of 1,126 citations, including 29 citations for violation of the Child Restraint law, which was the highest in the District. The announcement also stated that Mabe was involved in many activities with THP including being a member of the Strike Team and Operation Desert Snow.
“He is well respected by his co-workers who say Trooper Mabe always wears a smile and has a positive attitude, even in the toughest of situations,” the announcement stated.
In 2015, as his career continued to progress he was promoted to sergeant over Grainger County.
“This is a terrible loss for the THP. Josh was an up and coming star for THP. Josh stood for everything that THP stands for,” stated Colonel Tracy Trott, Commander of THP. “He will be missed terribly.”
“Mabe was a friend, husband, father, and a very committed family oriented person,” stated Miller.
He is survived by his wife Victoria, their 5-year-old daughter Addilyn, and his father and mother Kenneth and Velma Mabe.
“THP asks that you please continue to remember Josh’s family in your thoughts and prayers,” states the report.