Hero Down: Dearborn Heights Police Lt. Bruce Krot Succumbs To Cancer
Dearborn Heights, MI – Dearborn Heights Police Lieutenant Bruce Krot died on Tuesday after a three-year battle with colon cancer.
“He worked up until the last couple of weeks,” Dearborn Heights Deputy Police Chief Michael Petri told WDIV. “He fought it all the way.”
Lt. Krot, 50, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. The following year, doctors discovered it had spread to his liver.
“During his 20 years of service, Bruce was one of the most dedicated and decorated Officers to serve with the Dearborn Heights Police Department, earning numerous citations, making over 1500 Drunk/Drug driving arrests, and receiving the M.A.D.D. [Mothers Against Drunk Driving] award sixteen times as a police officer,” the Dearborn Heights Police Department (DHPD) said in a Facebook post.
“Bruce LOVED every part of his job and was very proud to represent the Dearborn Heights Police Department,” the post read. “He was one of the BEST and it was an honor for all of us to serve alongside him.”
The department said that Lt. Krot “fought an excruciating, yet courageous battle” against cancer, and that he “stayed strong until the end.”
Prior to his career with DHPD, Lt. Krot served as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer for 11 years, according to his obituary.
He achieved the rank of E-7 Sergeant First Class during his military career.
Lt. Krot deployed with the 82nd Airborne on multiple occasions, “including Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Snow Cap in Bolivia, and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq,” according to his obituary.
He also served as an M60 gunner, a military police undercover officer, a military police K9 handler, and as a recruiter.
Lt. Krot married his high school sweetheart, DHPD Detective Melissa Krot, and the couple served alongside each other during Operation Desert Storm.
Together, they also earned their Airborne German Jump Wings, and later served side-by-side at the DHPD.
Lt. Krot worked for the Northville Police Department briefly before he joined DHPD in 1999.
He had grown up in Dearborn, and enjoyed serving the citizens of his hometown, Det. Krot told WDIV.
“He was a Mayberry police officer,” she said of her husband. “That’s rare nowadays.”
Lt. Krot was especially proud of his family, who were “always his foremost priority,” according to his obituary.
Following in his footsteps, his son and daughter both served as military police officers before becoming law enforcement officers in the State of Michigan.
His daughter, Ashley, is a Michigan State Police trooper, and his son, Adam, is a Dearborn Heights police officer.
Lt. Krot’s son-in-law, Kurt Kierpaul, also joined the DHPD in 2019, after being “inspired” by his father-in-law’s service, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his sister, Rachael, his granddaughter, Bella, and his future grandchildren, Bruce and Rose.
“Bruce is and will ALWAYS remain a legacy at the Dearborn Heights Police Department. He will truly be missed by every life that he had the opportunity to touch,” the DHPD said. “Rest In Peace now Brother...we will take it from here.”
Lt. Krot will be laid to rest on July 10, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dearborn Heights Police Lieutenant Bruce Krot, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.