Commander Isiah Nelson, III

Commander Isiah Nelson, III

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1990

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Isiah Nelson, III

Commander Isiah Nelson was killed when his motorcycle struck a concrete barrier on Interstate 280 while returning from a security detail at Candlestick Park.

Commander Nelson had served with the agency for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 869

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Commander Nelson, I was a police Captain on duty the day you conducted the evacuation of Candlestick Park, and was amazed at your calm command. I kept a picture of you framed on my office credenza for years after that.
Today is Martin Luther King Day, 2021, and as I reflect on black heroes in my lifetime, your story immediately comes to mind. You were, and are, one of my all time heroes, regardless of race. Rest in peace my friend.

Tom Maron, Ret'd Division Chief
Aurora , Colorado Police Department

January 18, 2021

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