SNEEDVILLE (WATE) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol state trooper who died in a farming accident in June is being honored for his service.
Sgt. Joshua Mabe died on his family’s farm in Sneedville when a loader dropped as he was filling it with bales of hay.
“Every day is tough. Not only hurting for myself, but watching your child hurt is the toughest part,” said Danielle Mabe, Sgt. Mabe’s widow.
He’s now been awarded the John L. Martin Award, which is presented to officers with a clear commitment to public service. His family accepted the award on his behalf from the Wilderness Road Kiwanis Club.
The award is named after a Lee County, Virginia, deputy who was shot three times in 1988 while checking on a suspicious vehicle. He died a few days later from his wounds.
“I just kept thinking about Josh and the life that he lived. He had a servant heart and he loved the Lord. Josh loved people in general. He was the same pretty much everywhere that you saw him,” said Mabe.
Nearly two dozen people have been awarded the honor. Some of them included other Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers receiving the award posthumously.
“We certainly hope that they feel that Josh was appreciated as he was,” said Jadon Gibson with the Wilderness Road Kiwanis Club.
Gibson said the award usually goes to someone who is part of the Claiborne County, Tennessee; Bell County, Kentucky; or Lee County, Virginia, communities. However, when someone is highly deserving and they live in a nearby county, then they will receive it, according to Gibson.
“Every day he made me proud as a Christian. He made me proud as a husband. He made me proud as a dad. Every day Josh made me proud,” said Mabe.
Mabe began working with THP in 2005. His widow says some family friends have set up a fund for their daughter’s education at Civis Bank’s three locations: 210 E. Main Street in Rogersville, 150 S. Central Avenue in Church Hill, and 161 Main Street in Sneedville.