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Hero Down: Tallahassee Police Officer Clifford Crouch Dies After Brief Illness

Tallahassee, FL – Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) Officer Clifford “Cliff” Crouch died on Sept. 11 after a brief illness, according to his family.

The 38-year-old officer’s exact cause of death was not released.

Officer Crouch served the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana for five years before joining the TPD six years ago, according to his obituary.

“He was a proud Officer, serving with honor, pride and integrity,” the tribute read.

Officer Crouch served on the TPD’s Patrol Unit and also helped train his fellow officers, WTXL reported.

He leaves behind his wife of 12 years, Melissa, and his four children, Kiley, Garrett, Kathryn, and Robert, according to his obituary.

Officer Crouch is also survived by his mother, brothers, and in-laws.

“We lost an officer who was a devout family man and someone who dedicated his life and career to serving others,” TPC Chief Lawrence Revell told WCTV. “We are forever indebted to him for his contributions to the department.”

Chief Revell said the department has received an overwhelming outpouring of support from community members in the wake of the longtime officer’s unexpected death, WTXL reported.

“We are thankful for Officer Crouch’s service to this community and the Tallahassee Police Department,” he said. “We pray for peace and healing for the Crouch family, our department and the community as we grieve this loss together.”

Officer Crouch will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Tallahassee Police Department Officer Clifford “Cliff” Crouch, 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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