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Officer Kennis Croom

Officer Kennis Winston Croom epitomized dedication and valor in service to his community, a beloved figure cherished as a son, father, brother, uncle, relative, and friend. Tragically, Officer Croom made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Meridian, Mississippi, at the young age of 30.

Born on July 2, 1991, Officer Croom was the fourth child of Rev. Dr. Kelvin Croom and Tracy Croom, hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2009, where his pursuits in basketball, football, and music with the Marching Stampede Band reflected his multifaceted talents and interests.

With a passion for law enforcement evident from a young age, Officer Croom embarked on his journey by immersing himself in the operations of the Tuscaloosa Police Department as a civilian at 16. This early exposure fueled his determination, leading to an internship with the department while pursuing his studies at Stillman College. At just 22 years old, Officer Croom obtained certification as a patrol officer from the State of Alabama in November 2013, marking the commencement of his impactful career.

Throughout his tenure, Officer Croom served diligently in various capacities, including roles with the City of Uniontown, City of Eutaw, and the City of Vance. His commitment to professional growth saw him acquire certification from the State of Mississippi in September 2017, subsequently serving with distinction in agencies such as the City of Jackson, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, City of Brookhaven, and Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, culminating in his final assignment with the City of Meridian.

Driven by a thirst for knowledge and personal development, Officer Croom pursued higher education alongside his demanding career. He attained an Associate Degree in General Studies with Magna Cum Laude honors from Hinds Community College in 2018, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University in 2020, where he graduated with similar accolades and distinction.

Undeterred in his pursuit of excellence, Officer Croom was enrolled at Belhaven University, actively working towards the attainment of his Master of Business Administration, scheduled for completion in 2023. In April 2022, he proudly joined the esteemed ranks of the Delta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, honoring a family legacy marked by service and leadership.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Officer Croom remained deeply rooted in his faith, having been baptized at College Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where he contributed as a percussionist under the guidance of his grandfather, Rev. Sylvester Croom Sr., and father, Rev. Dr. Kelvin Croom.

In honoring the memory of Officer Kennis Winston Croom, we reflect upon his unwavering dedication, unwavering courage, and profound impact, embodying the very essence of service and sacrifice.

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