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Captain Theodore F. Laws, Sr.
Theodore F. Laws
Theodore F. Laws, Sr.
(A biographical sketch from the Delaware County Daily Times, March 30, 1994, contributed by his son, Teddy Laws, Jr.
Born in Selbyville, DE on
Dec. 8, 1911 he moved to Chester as a young man in his early twenties. He worked in the City garage for 10 years before being appointed a patrolman in the
police department on Feb. 15, 1945. He was promoted to detective on January 1, 1949. Subsequently, he became the first
African-American Sergeant in the history of the police department in 1962.
I recently remembered in conversations with him and another motorcycle enthusiast that he was the one who trained the city policeman how to ride the motorcycles during the time he was employed at the city garage. He often talked about the "Indian" motorcycles as the preferred brand. I do not know why, however. This may have been the time when he became interested in law enforcement
(A biographical sketch from a Chester Times or Delaware County Daily Times newspaper clipping, "Know Your Police" from the collection of John C. "Snakes" Boyle, contributed by his granddaughters, Jane Boyle & Patty Boyle.)
Weighing in at over 300 pounds and standing over six feet tall, Theodore F. Laws, is probably one of the biggest law enforcement officers in this area.
Laws, appointed to the police force on Feb. 15, 1945, was promoted to detective on Jan. 1, 1949.
He's married to the former Lois Pyles and they have one son, Theodore F. Jr., 9. They live at 909 W. 3rd st.
Prior to his appointment to the police force, Laws, who is 42 years old, worked in the city garage from 1939 until his appointment.
Educated in the public schools of Chester, he lists baseball and sports in general as his hobbies.
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