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Grovetown officer, coach says being dad goes beyond own children

Posted: June 18, 2017 - 1:19am  |  Updated: June 22, 2017 - 1:15pm
Staff Sgt. Jimmy Cronan’s motto comes from his work as a police officer. He says being able to change one person’s mindset can snowball to help others.

One Grovetown Police officer is being recognized this Father's Day through a national branding campaign with Dove Men+Care for making big changes with a small phrase.

Staff Sgt. Jimmy Cronan's motto "change one, change 10," has earned him national recognition, sharing his story of devotion and outreach in the Grovetown community as a father, police officer and coach.

"The campaign celebrates dads and all of the father figures who have been there to care, from grandfathers and uncles, to teachers and coaches, etc.," according to a press releaes from Dove Men+Care.

Cronan was initially nominated by his wife, Rhonda Cronan, for a different campaign called Caring Coaches. However, a Dove spokesperson said Cronan's story was selected for their latest Father's Day campaign instead.

"Jimmy has been a police officer for 20 years and a youth football coach for nearly 13 years in Grovetown, and in both roles, he has taken on the responsibility of caring for each person in his community that he comes across," the Dove spokesperson said via email.

Cronan's profile story is included among other profiles of caring male role models across the country. And for Cronan, being a dad and its shared responsibilities extend beyond his own four children.

"My kids know that I'm there for them constantly, but then you've got those (kids) that are in the community that aren't so lucky and that's kind of where I step in," Cronan said.

"Not necessarily to replace their dad, but to give them a father figure to look up to and to show them that there is a male figure out there that cares about them, and does things for them."

Cronan said his experience as a Grovetown police officer ultimatley inspired his "change one, change 10," motto.

"I try to do one thing for somebody everyday and I got that concept really from being a police officer, and that's the same thing that I teach the kids out in the community, the kids that I coach and my own kids, to change one thing," Cronan said.
"Especially with the negative publicity law enforcement officers get today, if you can change one person's mindset about you, that one thing you do for that person can turn into two and three and 10 people. So I came up with that concept, change one change 10, and I really think it plays a huge role in what I do because otherwise some of the people wouldn't even know me."

In his Dove Men+Care profile, Cronan said his priority "is to not let one child go unnoticed."

"I have four kids of my own , but there's never a night where we don't open our home to athletes for dinner. My favorite part of both of my jobs is that I can help kids reach success. I always encourage the kids to focus on school and to show love for their own families every day. I hope that my efforts make them feel safe and comfortable every day."

Cronan was not part of the campaign's short commercial film. However, his story is being shared this Father's Day online at www.dove.com/us/en/men-care/fathers-day/jimmy-cronan.html.

 

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