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Meet Nominee Master Deputy Renaldo Cropp

By September 27, 2018No Comments

“Many times, the guys on the road are called to assist with incidents that they never receive training for. The removal of these snakes was highly dangerous.”
Meet Master Deputy Renaldo Cropp with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. When a call came through from the dispatcher involving a situation that he didn’t have the proper training for nor prior experience with, Master Deputy Cropp did not hesitate to step up and help out in any way that he could. There was an elderly woman who had two snakes in her home, and she needed help from someone to get them out.
“She was afraid,” the nomination read. “Attempts to get assistance from DNR and animal control were unsuccessful. An attempt was even made to contact a private company, but the expense was too great for this woman with a very limited income.” The situation became so dire that the dispatcher pled with any available deputy to please respond and help remove the snakes from this woman’s home. Master Deputy Renaldo Cropp and Deputy Nathaniel Graham responded to the call. When they arrived, they found two 4-foot snakes entwined with each other, wiggling around the woman’s bathroom floor. They were able to get the snakes separated, catching one while the other escaped through the hole it came in through. They were able to seal the hole in an effort to prevent reentry for the snake.
“It was not only me, it was also Deputy Nathaniel Graham,” Master Deputy Cropp said. “We didn’t receive any assistance in removing the snakes. The two snakes were entwined with one another and we didn’t know if they were venomous or not. Due to the elderly woman and her situation, we had to step up, make the decision, and get the snakes out of there any way possible. I can’t say that we weren’t scared—but we had to act in a responsible way. Just thinking about my grandparents in that situation and not having the means to remove them, we had to step up and make the decision. I’m glad we did. I’m just thankful for the courage we both had. It’s not always about taking people to jail, it’s also about helping those truly in need.”
Beyond his love for his job, Master Deputy Cropp has a love for his family. “I’m a very laid back person whenever it comes to my personality,” he shared. “I’m very family oriented and I grew up in a Christian home. I believe my upbringing has made a tremendous difference in my life. I owe a lot to my parents and my older siblings. Faith, family, and friends. I just love my family. I don’t say much when it comes to certain things, but I love my family, my job, and the difference of the lives of the individuals that I come in contact with.”
“The community perception on law enforcement is that the trust must be reinstated,” Master Deputy Cropp said. “We know that law enforcement isn’t put in a positive light. I just realize that in law enforcement, we have a valuable tool: our voice. We’re able to reason, teach, and educate the youth and adults in the community. Sometimes simple words can lead to a significant change in someone’s life. I just appreciate that. Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s core values mean a lot to me.”
Please join us in celebrating Master Deputy Renaldo Cropp as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.