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Funeral For County Police Academy Grad Set For Wednesday

 

By Herald Staff

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WILKINS, KEVIN B., OFFICER 31 – of Atlantic City, ended his journey in this life Thursday, February 18, 2010. He was killed in the line of duty. He was born March 19, 1978, in Atlantic City; he was a proud product of Atlantic City Public Schools.
During his youth Kevin was an active member of the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club and Atlantic City PAL. While attending Atlantic City High School he was a Stellar Student/Athlete. He led his team to the 1996 Cape Atlantic League Championship, where he was named a 1st Team All-Press Area Player.
After Graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1996, he attended Tallahassee Community College in Florida. Kevin was an integral part of the college’s 1997 State Championship basketball team. After receiving his Associates Degree in Communications from Tallahassee Community College, Kevin transferred to Seton Hall University. During his first season at Seton Hall, he was a member of the school’s NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” Team. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University, Kevin relocated to North Jersey, where he laid the foundation for establishing his own auto dealership.
Kevin’s deep love for his mother and fiancee brought him back to his hometown roots. His passion for working with the youth influenced him to take a position as a Substitute Teacher in the Atlantic City School District. Later Kevin felt an obligation to give back to at risk youth. So he accepted a position with New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice Commission at the Manor Woods Youth Detention Center. Kevin’s next career goal was to protect and serve his own community that gave him so much. In 2007, Kevin enrolled in the Cape May Police Academy as a candidate of the Atlantic City Police Department.
On January 30, 2008, Kevin officially joined the rank and file of the Atlantic City Police Department after graduating from the Cape May Police Academy. As an officer, Kevin gained the respect and admiration of the citizens of Atlantic City.
In his spare time, Kevin was an avid player of the XBOX 360, where he was affectionately known to the XBOX-Live online community as “ACBIGMAN”.
Kevin was predeceased by: mother, Anna Marie Wilkins-Smith; grandfathers, Sylvester Wilkins Sr. and Robert James Robinson; and uncle, Donald Wilkins. Kevin is survived by: his loving fiancee, Nichole Gupton; her children who he considered his own, Nastajia, Jason and Tori; father, Kevin Robinson of Egg Harbor Township; sister, Sylvetta Branch-Smith of Atlantic City; two brothers Stanley Branch of Atlantic City and Kenny Kelley of Galloway Township; nieces, Keyani Branch-Young and Yasmeen Kelley; uncles, Sylvester Wilkins of Somers Point, Elijah Wilkins of Atlantic City, James Robinson of Pleasantville, William Robinson of Egg Harbor Township and Anthony Robinson of New York; aunts, Brenda Higgs of Atlantic City, Kathaleen Wilkins of Atlantic City, Roberta Lee (Edward) of Egg Harbor Township, Patricia Montague of Mass., Joyce Robinson of Pleasantville and Lynette Robinson of Pleasantville; Maternal Grandmother, Kathaleen Wilkins; Paternal Grandmother, Alta Robinson of Egg Harbor Township; Mentor and father figure, Gene Allen; Close friend and Business Partner, Desmond Herod; and a host of cousins, coaches, teammates and friends. Kevin’s spirit, sense of humor, love of life, good nature and love for good music will be missed.
Funeral Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, New Shiloh Baptist Church, Delaware and Atlantic Avenues, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 9 AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, NJ. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City
Officer Kevin B. Wilkins Officer Down Memorial Page

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