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Hero Down: Metro Nashville Police Officer Crockett Bruce Succumbs To Cancer

Nashville, TN – Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Officer Crockett Bruce died on Sept. 12 after a short battle against cancer, according to his department.

The 29-year-old officer served with the agency’s Hermitage Precinct, the MNPD said in a tweet later that day.

Officer Bruce was a third-generation dairy farmer prior to joining the police department in August of 2019.

“In his first few days in the academy, Officer Bruce wrote that he always had nothing but the utmost respect for law enforcement,” MNPD Chief John Drake said in a statement to The Tennessean. “He believed the job to be challenging, rewarding and honest work.”

“Officer Bruce will be sorely missed by his Hermitage Precinct colleagues and our police department family,” Chief Drake added.

The chief said Officer Bruce and his wife, Lauren, had been married since 2015.

The young officer was also a loving father to his six-month-old daughter, Savannah.

In addition to his wife and child, Officer Bruce leaves behind his parents, brother, and grandfather, according to his obituary.

Hundreds of people offered their condolences to Officer Bruce’s family and the MNPD in response to the department’s Facebook post about his tragic death.

“Soar Crockett, soar into the heavens of eternal peace, love and joy,” one message read. “May the memories of you and the sincere service to Nashville be comfort to all who love you.”

“So sorry for the loss of such a fine gentleman,” another person wrote. “Prayers for his family and friends.”

Officer Bruce will be laid to rest on Sept. 19, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Metro Nashville Police Department Officer Crockett Bruce, 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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