I started on Alcatraz on 8-24-59 as a young man of 24 years with no prior law enforcement experience. While working on Alcatraz I received two promotions due to my over all work ethics and proper responses during stressful situations, such as working the control center during the last two escape attempts.
After Alcatraz closed I spent the next twenty two years at various positions at several other prisons before retiring from Terre Haute, In. in 1985. Those twenty two years were filled with various experiences and challenges such as riots, food/work strikes, and escape attempts. I captured three Petersburg, Va. escapees while I worked at that institution.
All though my twenty six years of prison service were filled with many memories, Alcatraz will always remain the highlite of my law enforcement career.