Remembering DMR Senior Master Sgt. Tommy Jennings

Friends, family members, and co-workers are mourning the loss of Department of Marine Resources Senior Master Sergeant Tommy Jennings.

His daughter posted on Facebook on July 17th stating that Jennings was very ill and in an intensive care unit.

On Tuesday, Jennings passed away from a heart attack at the age of 49.

Jennings was a resident of Bay St. Louis and worked as a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. He then went to work for the Department of Marine Resources in 2000 up until his passing. According to his daughter, he was considering retirement next year.

When Jennings was not protecting and serving the community, he enjoyed fishing, scuba diving, and hunting.

News 25 spoke to two of his close friends and co-workers at the Department of Marine Resources to talk about his life and legacy. DMR Chief of Marine Patrol Kyle Wilkerson said, “Tommy was always there for me when I needed him. He was there for each and every one of the officers. It hurts me to no end to think that we will never get to spend time with Tommy again. Me and Tommy worked closely together in our earlier years here. We came up through the ranks together. We worked together. We were firearms instructors together. We were on the dive team together. Tommy was a part of my family. Tommy is going to be truly missed.”

Assistant Chief for Marine Patrol Bryce Gex said, “Tommy was dedicated to the citizens of Mississippi, to the Coast community. He responded on dive teams. He was a part of the firearms team. He was a great teacher at marine patrol and a great conservationist and sportsman.”

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis to celebrate the life of Tommy Jennings.

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