Major (Ret) Krome, 79, spent 29 years with the Maryland State Police and served four-terms on the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board of Trustees. He died on June 10.
Major (Ret) Krome, 79, spent 29 years with the Maryland State Police and served four-terms on the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board of Trustees. He died on June 10. (Submitted photo)

Maryland State Police Major (Retired) Morris (Moe) L. Krome, 79, of Carroll County, passed away at Carroll Hospice Dove House on June 10. Krome was the husband of Carolyn Dudley Krome for 55 years. Together they owned a farm in rural Carroll County where they trained show horses.

Krome was the unofficial Dean Emeritus of Maryland Troopers and considered by many to be an icon of the discipline, professionalism, excellence and intelligence that we have come to know as the Maryland State Police (MSP) since its earliest beginnings in 1921.

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For decades, Krome held court at a small table at the VFW with his lifelong friend, Special Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA) Agent (Retired) Tim Clark, the first Monday of every month at the monthly meeting of the Maryland Troopers Association (MTA) Lodge 20. Clark wrote in a recent email interview that he met Krome before he and Carolyn were married — and before Clark joined the DEA in 1970. He attended Krome’s wedding, noting, “Moe was the best man at my wedding and spoke at my DEA Retirement.”

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Clark spent “40-some years of law enforcement … and worked with many other law enforcement agencies … MSP … is truly a family.” It was through Krome that convinced Clark that MSP “is the finest law enforcement in the state… “

“When things were quiet at the DEA,” said Clark, “I used to ride night patrol with Moe and I never saw anyone who embodied the character, devotion to the job, and dedication to his assignment [as he did]. … He worked “diligently and forcefully but always treating those he stopped with fairness…

“I never met anyone who had the slightest bad word for him — only the highest respect and appreciation. I was extremely fortunate to have been able to call him my friend…”

According to a media release written by Greg Shipley, of the State Police Office of Media Communications, on May 1, 2014, Krome was honored for continued outstanding service by then-Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown.

According to Shipley, in May 2014, Krome was awarded a Superintendent’s Commendation. “After 29 years as a sworn state trooper, Major Krome continued his service to the men and women of the Maryland State Police during more than 23 years of working on pension issues, including 16 years as a member of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board of Trustees,” Brown said in the release.

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“Following his retirement in 1991, Major Krome served on the Department of Legislative Reference’s Pension Code Revision Sub-Committee with the Maryland State Retirement Agency.

“Major Krome was then elected to the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board of Trustees in 1998. He will have served four terms on the Board of Trustees when his retirement takes place in July 2014.

According to a biography about Krome found on the Maryland State Retirement System website in 2011, “Krome was born and raised in Baltimore City, graduating in 1958 from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and later worked as a civilian employee of the State Police before entering the Police Academy. He received an A.A. degree from Catonsville Community College…”

Retired Capt. Earl Bredenburg, the president of MTA Lodge 20 said, Krome “has been a lifelong member of Lodge 20 and very active for the past 20 years. He … has been consistently active for the betterment of our troopers. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this time of need… God be with him, now and forever…”

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Retired MSP Trooper Jeff Alexander worked with Krome when he was the commander of personnel management. Alexander has fond memories of working with Krome. He was a Trooper’s Trooper.

“He was a good boss — and a good person,” Alexander said. “He will be greatly missed.”

This correspondent got to know Krome many years ago through their shared interest in horses and for the last several decades at the MTA Lodge 20, where they shared a membership and I serve as chaplain.

The death of Krome is great loss for Carroll County and law enforcement throughout the state. A library of information and institutional memory has been lost. At a time when it is no longer good enough to be the best, you have to be nice — Krome maintained an encyclopedic memory and he was always a thoughtful, consummate gentleman.

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Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Mike’s Life on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A Time of Sharing will be held at 6 p.m.

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