August 26, 2015

Peggy Vassallo - Police Officer killed by vehicle on the way to work - Missouri

Peggy Vassallo
Sergeant Peggy Vassallo, age 53, died on August 24, 2015, on a roadway in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Sergeant Vassallo was a member of the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department. She had over 14 years of service with the Department. Previously, she had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for over 13 years.

Bellefontaine Neighbors is an independent city suburb of St. Louis, Missouri and has a population of about 11,000.

Before 8:00 a.m, Peggy was driving her own car and was on the way to work when she was involved in a minor traffic accident with another vehicle. The driver of that car complained of neck pain. Peggy called dispatchers for medical assistance.

As she was talking on her cell phone, a speeding vehicle swerved around Peggy's car and struck her. She was rushed to a local hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries. 

The female driver of that vehicle is co-operating with the Police. The accident is under investigation. 

Peggy had wanted to work in law enforcement since she was 13 years old.

Peggy had worked as an instructor with the DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in several local schools.  She was also involved with the Neighborhood Watch Program. She had also coached youth baseball, helped set up a youth skills and sports camp, and helped find housing for homeless people. 

Peggy worked security and also volunteered at a local veteran's home, bringing
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Peggy and for those who have lost her.
donuts to the Vets, reading to those who couldn't see well, and providing companionship. 

The Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department is in mourning over the death of their comrade.  Peggy was known as a compassionate and hard working officer who tried to make a difference in the community. Peggy will be forever remembered.

Peggy's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She wanted to help others and she did. She will be forever mourned.

Peggy is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to her mother, her siblings, her husband, her son and grandchildren.

Thank you for your service to the community, Peggy. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Peggy is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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