Livingston Council remembers neighboring chief

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 27, 2005

YORK-York Police Chief Deon Nelson was killed in an automobile accident this weekend when his patrol car skidded off the road.

While details of Nelson’s accident were not available at presstime arrangements to honor the fallen chief were. Funeral services will be held Saturday in the Sumter County High School gymnasium in the afternoon. A time has yet to be established.

During Monday’s City Council meeting Livingston officials took time to remember their good friend and neighbor. Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt said they would be thinking about their fellow Sumter County residents in their time of need.

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“We just want to remember our sister city who lost their Chief of Police over the weekend,” Tartt said. “He was killed in an automobile accident while on duty and we want to extend our sympathy to them.”

Tartt said he knew Nelson well and respected the job he did. He said all who knew him would miss Nelson.

“He was a wonderful police officer and a fine person,” Tartt said. “He was a friend to our police department and a friend to this city. Our sympathies go out to the City of York, his family and his children.”

While the city recovers from their loss Livingston Police Chief Ashley Welborn said his department would step up to fill any needs for their sister city.

“I was on the phone with Mayor Carolyn Gosa this morning and took care of some paperwork for her and told them if there were any other needs to call us,” Welborn said. “We are providing them with a dispatcher Saturday and four officers and fire assistance.”