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Commander Isiah Nelson, III

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1990

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Reflections for Commander Isiah Nelson, III

It’s July 2922, and the actor James Caan died today.
It’s all over the news.
Actors like Pacino and De Niro are reflecting on Caan’s death and commenting.
But it makes me think of you.
I worked with your mom beginning in 1964 at SSA.
She taught me a lot about life.
Over many years, she talked to me about you as you were growing up.
In the early 1970s, James Caan was starring in the movie “Freebie and the Bean” which was being filmed in San Francisco.
Oce told me to be sure to look for you (hired as an extra) driving a car in one of the chase scenes on the streets of San Francisco.
As far as we were concerned, you were the star of that movie.
In fact, you were always the light in her eyes and the immense pride in her voice when she spoke of you, Ike.
You did your mother proud.
What a fine man you grew up to be.
It’s said that we only die when no one remembers us any longer.
You have been kept alive in the hearts of the many who still love and remember you.
Rest In Peace, Ike; we remember you.

Oce’s friend

July 8, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 14, 2021

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

Sleep in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

April 14, 2020

Cmdr. Nelson,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 14, 2020

Rest in peace Commander Nelson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 20, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 14, 2018

You were my Field Training Officer, moreover, a gentleman who was patient, intelligent, and focused. Some have tried to imitate you, but you remain unique. It saddens me still that you left us so soon having given so much with the guarantee of even greater deeds to come. You are in a better place now. Ike, you earned it having given your all to this life. You strove to achieve perfection. Your life is remembered by more than your name engraved on a wall and a freeway that also bears your name. Rather, it was a vast shadow that you bore. I am forever grateful was cast my way.

Sergeant (Retired) Vivian A. Bruce
San Francisco Police Department, Ike's one-time trainee

December 26, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Commander Nelson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 14, 2010

I just saw you profiled on the ESPN show "Outside the Lines" this morning. It was for your handling of the evacuation of Candletick, after the earthquake. You, sir, were apparently a magnificent leader.

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

October 11, 2009

God Isiah, it's been 18 years and I still miss you. I hope you're waiting around for your bud's

your friend and partner in crime


Mimi Alioto
close friend

March 12, 2009

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Commander Nelson, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor

April 14, 2008

Rest in peace motorman.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

April 14, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 6, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

April 14, 2007

Hey "Ike", As we approach another Saturday, April 14th, I just wanted to let you know, we haven't forgotten. Rest in peace brother......

Sgt. George Carrington

April 12, 2007

You will always be remembered! Thanks for your service.

July 24, 2006


Rest in peace sir. You are not forgotten.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 21, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers of Commander Nelson, God bless all of you.

Our brother, Commander Nelson, will never be forgotten.

DFC. Matt Crisafulli
Worcester County Sheriffs Office
Worcester County, MD.

DFC. Matt Crisafulli
Worcester County Sheriffs Office

February 14, 2004

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