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Hero Down: Bessemer Police Lt. Bronda ‘Mac’ McKisson Dies Unexpectedly

Bessemer, AL – Bessemer Police Department (BPD) Lieutenant Bronda “Mac” McKisson died unexpectedly on Feb. 19.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Lieutenant Bronda ‘Mac’ McKisson after his sudden passing,” the BPD said in a Facebook post on Feb. 21. “His family is in our prayers while we grieve his loss as well.”

Lt. McKisson’s exact cause of death was not released.

The BPD said the longtime lieutenant was a devoted law enforcement officer who “took every opportunity to improve the lives of those around him by offering advice and counsel.”

“The city of Bessemer was lucky to have him on the watch,” the department’s post read. “He truly cared about the people of this city and it was evident in the way he tried to build up those around him. Many times, when people were at their lowest and most frustrated, he would offer a kind word and encouragement.”

“It takes a special person to offer kindness to those you’ve never met and never expect anything in return. We can all learn from his example,” the BPD added.

Lt. McKisson joined the BPD as a patrol officer in 1995, WIAT reported.

He served as a traffic investigator, patrol sergeant, narcotics investigator, and patrol commander during his 27 years of service, and also spent a one-year stint as a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer.

Lt. McKisson operated his own business as a disc jockey in his off-time, according to WIAT.

He was laid to rest on March 3, according to his obituary.

“Thank you for your service, Lt. You will be missed,” the BPD said. “We’ll take the watch from here.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bessemer Police Department Lieutenant Bronda “Mac” McKisson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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