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Doc Lyons Story
Doc Lyons Story

The following article is reprinted courtesy of Roy Cashdollar, who has given his permission to
upload pages of his book "A History Of Chester, Gateway To The West".

30 Year Veteran Chester Chief Of Police, "Doc" Lyons Dies

Floyd H. (Doc) Lyons, 77 years old, a man who was Chief of Police in Chester for thirty years and sole law enforcement officer twenty years, died Wednesday morning, July 21, 1971.

Mr. Lyons was born in Hookstown in 1894, a son of the late William and Julia Allison Lyons. He and his wife Mary Stewart Lyons resided at Ferry Road, Chester for many years. Besides his widow, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lester (Mariam) Brown and a son Earl F. Lyons, both of Chester; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and a brother Allen J. Lyons of Chester.

He was Chester's Chief of Police from 1930 to 1960 and was greatly respected by all. Most of us knew him for his friendly "Hello" as he passed and for his firm hand as he helped school children cross the street. To others he was a stern law enforcement officer who was deeply respected both as a man & for the badge he so proudly wore for 30 years before retiring. To others, he will be remembered for the beat he walked in all kinds of weather. To some, he was the only reminder to those forgetting to lock the doors of their businesses at the end of the day. However, the day never ended for Doc, since he was the only officer on duty for many years, in the city limits of Chester. To others, he was a good hunting companion and a lover of dogs.

For each and everyone of us is the goal that we shall work in jobs we love, stand to be respected, have a good wife and family and be able to retire around the ones we served so faithfully. Doc did this all so proudly.

Doc was buried Friday July 23 at Locust Hill Cemetery with services being held at Welch Funeral Home in Hookstown.

This was a man who dedicated his life to serve not only residents of the city but the city itself to make it a better place to live. It is only hoped that local residents and officials paid their last respects to this wonderful man who did so much for Chester.

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