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LUCAS, Percy

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LUCAS, Percy. (Dubuque, IA- ). As a young man, Lucas was a star lineman for the DUBUQUE BEARS. His swimming ability was shown at the age of thirty when he swam twelve miles from Specht's Ferry to the EAGLE POINT beach. (1)

Lucas was named chief of police on March 1, 1960, succeeding Hugh Callahan. Lucas joined the force on December 17, 1927, and was promoted to detective in October 1946. Seven years later, he was named captain.

On June 10, 1970, Lucas announced his retirement. He was succeeded by Robert O'BRIEN who was then the Assistant Chief of Police. (2)



1. Albert KWASKY, "Sport Dust Caught in the Wind," Telegraph Herald, April 17, 1936, p. 10

Bulkley, John. "O'Brien Named Police Chief," Telegraph Herald