Many of the graduates of the 176th Basic Police Training Class were presented with their certifications by family members who have served their communities in law enforcement as well. Including one which has truly made it a family tradition.
Public service is the family business for the Crosiers.
“I don’t know if I could see myself doing anything else,” said Deputy Bryan Crosier, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). “I want to do what I can to protect others. I go out of my way to live my life for others and that’s why I want to be a police officer.”
Bryan is a new graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy just like his dad.
“He’s 176th and I’m 66th (Basic Police Training Class),” stated Sean Crosier, retired captain KCSO. “I think public service takes certain genes and it’s obviously in the Crosier family. We’ve been serving the public directly since about 1930. We think we can do more out serving the public. It’s just been engrained in us throughout our lives.”
Sean spent 27 years with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office retiring as captain. He was also elected sheriff in Monroe County.
“It’s like running a race,” exclaimed Bryan. “Whenever the race is over, they pass someone else the torch. I guess now, I’ve been passed the torch.”
Bryan’s grandfather, Gerald “Jerry” Crosier served as a game warden, Monroe County Sheriff and in the West Virginia legislature.
His great-grandfather, Virgil “Cap” Crosier served as a game warden in Monroe County from 1930-1961.
“Four generations of law enforcement is rare if not unheard of,” said Sean.
Another trait that Bryan says he inherited from his family was the ability to be resilient and to persevere.
“I failed several tests but I kept trying and never gave up and finally got the department I wanted,” Bryan said.
Sean now hopes to give his son the gifts of his father – gifts that have served him well throughout his career, humility and respect.
“Treat people fairly, we are all human we all make mistakes, Sean stated. “As police officers, we need not forget that.”
It’s a lesson Bryan is already taking to heart.
“I realize I can’t change the world, but I want to change one person’s world just by good service,” Bryan concluded.
Bryan will begin his career as a Kanawha Sheriff Deputy on Monday!