Deputy Nelson Coleman
A thirteen year veteran of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Department, Deputy Nelson Coleman, 70, suffered a heart attack on November 5, 1982. While attempting to subdue a suspect wanted on a felony warrant the deputy and suspect became embroiled in a scuffle. During the struggle, Deputy Coleman experienced severe chest pain and died.
A wife and three children survived Deputy Coleman. His memory is honored at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
on panel 44W-18. In 2001, Sheriff Greg Champagne further honored Deputy Coleman, naming the parish's state-of-the-art correctional center in his memory: Nelson Coleman St. Charles Parish Correctional Center.