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, mother.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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My handsome and loving brother at work thinking of you , going to stop and visit mom today she misses you so much , Tory pain since you left hasn’t gotten any better and yet I struggle myself ...D I’m proud of the memories you’ve given us all your children are beautiful and handsome and smart!! D I know your watching over us and 15 years and missing you like crazy

VaTonya Terrell

September 26, 2019

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