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Doeg Nelson was the first black Assistant Chief of Police in the state of Arizona.  After serving four years in the United States Army, he became a Phoenix police officer in 1954.  During a time when there were hardly any black police officers, notwithstanding black police supervisors, Mr. Nelson steadily rose to the ranks and in time he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.  He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1979.  After his police career he became the Director of Security at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, just west of Phoenix.  Doeg Nelson was an inspiration to many blacks in helping them believe that they can ascend into supervisory and management level police positions.  He was instrumental in encouraging blacks to consider law enforcement as a career choice.  Doeg Nelson  left us bound for glory in 1996.

 

                                                           

 

Theodore Nathaniel "Bear" Hutchinson a native Phoenician passed away on January 27, 2005. His accomplishments included his service to his country in the U.S. Army, and he worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a highway patrolman in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe for 28 years. As a teenager he was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and he boxed professionally.  During his adult years "Bear" was a committed member of the Pop Warner South Association for 15 years and was the President of the South Mountain Booster Club for four years.  He also invested in the life of young boxers by being a principal part of the boxing program at Kieckhefer Boys' Club in South Phoenix in the middle 1970's to the early 1980's.

 

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