Chief of Police Dion Rastus Nelson, Sr.

Chief of Police Dion Rastus Nelson, Sr.

York Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Dion Rastus Nelson, Sr.

Chief of Police Dion Nelson was killed in an automobile crash on Highway 17 while responding to another accident call in a period of heavy rain during the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

During the response, his vehicle hydroplaned and struck the rails of a bridge. He was transported to a hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, where he succumbed to injuries.

Chief Nelson was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and had served in law enforcement for seven years. He was survived by his fiancee, two sons, two daughters, and mother.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 301
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

accident, single vehicle crash, weather

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As the years has passed my brother you have still inspired me in so many ways to live my life to the fullest with you in my thoughts. You would be so proud of your children as am I. The girls are so beautiful and they both are wonderful strong young ladies. The boys are spitting images of you in there own way, very athletic and outstanding individuals. So keep us in your arms and help us on this journey in life. I know you are our guarding angel. I love you brother until we meet again.

Geoffery Maurice Ward
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June 28, 2022

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