MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Kasi Gwin dreamed of being in law enforcement since the age of eight. She is currently working for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and has the funds to attend a 12-week police academy thanks to the Dylan Pickle Memorial Scholarship. Pickle died in July 2020 during a traffic stop.
“If you become part of this sheriff’s department family, you know who Dylan is,” said Gwin. “You love Dylan and you know that he’s a light.”
To carry on Dylan’s legacy, his mother started the scholarship to help those who wish to follow in his footsteps, beginning with the Miss M17 Pageant.
“This makes my heart smile, just knowing that Dylan is going to be able to make somebody else’s dream come true like his dream came true,” said Dylan’s mother, Debi Pearson.
Sheriff Kevin Crook said with the similarities of Kasi and Dylan, she’ll thrive during her training.
“Everything she is doing is tracking with what Dylan was doing,” said Crook. “She’s proving herself and owning her own way.”
“You know going in there it’s going to be tough, it’s not easy, but it makes you want to work even harder,” said Gwin.
Debi said this is just the beginning for the Dylan Pickle Memorial Scholarship.
She is working on more fundraisers to soon honor another recipient.