~ Honored Police Officer
Metro Detective Frank Pierce
veteran member of the Metro Nashville Police Force, Frank H.Pierce
was recognized at the third annual Theodore Roosevelt Association
Police Award for Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Pierce joined the Metropolitian Nashville Police Department in 1969.
For more than 20 years, he has been a valued member of the homicide
December, 1993, Detective Pierce was diagnosed with cancer on the
left tonsil and the tongue. He underwent radiation therapy twice a
day for seven weeks, continuing to work until the side effects forced
him to take a sick leave. Surgery followed in the spring, when a tube
was inserted into his stomach..
Pierce could have retired on full medical disability. Instead, he
returned to his desk in August, 1994, continuing at the task that
he had performed with tenacity for many years. He carries a full workload
and has been the primary investigator on several high-profile cases.
year's awards luncheon took place, June 8th, at the Cabin By The Spring,
The Hermitage. Special guests included Mr. Mark Ames, a great-grandson
of President Theodore Roosevelt and a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt
recipients of this honor are Sergeant Phillip Sage (1998) and Detective
Clifford Mann (1999).
ten other cities around the nation have Theodore Roosevelt Association
Police Awards. They are given to officers who have rendered outstanding
and praiseworthy services to the department and the community despite
a serous handicap, illness, or injury. Theodore Roosevelt himself
overcame serious illness in childhood to lead a vigorous life of public
service. From 1895-97 he was President of the Board of Police Commissioners
of the City of New York.
1999 ~Honored Police Officer
Detective Clifford Mann
joined the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department eighteen years
ago, and worked with the homicide division over the last seven years.
He works the evening shift from 3:30 p.m. to 12 midnight.
But in November,
1994, Detective Mann was stricken with end-stage renal failure. Diagnostic
imaging showed a tumor on his right kidney, and the organ was removed.
He spent a month in the hospital on dialysis.
On the day after
he first entered the hospital, a disability caseworker from the city
appeared at his bedside to start the process for filing for a pension.
Detective Mann said "no", and his physician delayed the
In January, 1995,
he returned to the hospital to prepare for chemotherapy and radiation,
but suffered an intense reaction to the catheter that was meant to
remove the to remove the chemicals from his body. On February 10,
1995, he was rushed back to the hospital and placed on life support.
While there he lapsed into a semi-comatose state. More surgery and
dialysis treatment followed, before the officer was released from
the hospital in late March.
returned to work on May 5, 1995, and has maintained a full workload
since. Although lacking a major organ, which poses a daily threat
to his life, he often works hours beyond his regular shift.
According to Lieutenant
Tommy McBride, a fellow officer in the division, "Detective Mann has
never asked for any favors due to his illness, nor does he ever call
in sick. It is apparently not in his nature to give up or quit."
continues to receive dialysis treatment three days a week from 5:30-11
a.m. His follows a rigorous program of diet, exercise, and medication-which
includes 35 pills a day!
In addition to
standing in Theodore Roosevelt's tradition of exemplary police work,
Detective Mann also contributes time to good civic causes. He on the
advisory board of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education.
He has also counseled with patients who have endured the same wrenching
illness, helping and encouraging those who are able to return to active
lives and productive jobs.
In his professional
capacity, he talks to citizens about how to prevent crime. Detective
Mann "has been an inspiration to those who work with him," writes
a fellow officer. "He is a good example of someone who cares about
the safety of his community and tries to make a difference every day."
The Theodore Roosevelt
Association and its Tennessee chapter welcome to our luncheon members
of the Mann family who join us to honor their kinsman. The detective's
twin brother, Claude, serves as a Metro patrolman assigned to the
central sector. John Mann (my "baby brother," Detective Mann calls
him) serves with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Brother Clayton is
a counselor at Corrections Corporation of America. Sister Charlotte
is a probation officer, while sister Vitress is retired from the United
States Army. Detective Mann's daughter, Romondia, works for radio
station WQQK in Nashville. He is the proud grandfather of 14-month-old
Born in Brownsville,
Tennessee, on November 18, 1956, Clifford Mann is the son of James
and Lollie Mann. He attended local elementary schools and graduated
from Haywood County High School. His baccalaureate degree is from
Tennessee State University, and he currently has more than 30 hours
toward a master's degree in criminal justice.
The award luncheon
takes place at The Hermitage on Tuesday, June 1, at 12 noon. The Graylyn
Brass Quintet will add to the festive atmosphere. The '99 award received
grant support from the Ansley Fund of the Frist Foundation and matching
funds from the Tennessee Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.
Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association enjoys an
active membership which supports two annual activities as well as
other events or opportunities related to TR!
Police Award ~
The chapter matched a grant from the Ansley Fund of the Frist Foundation
in order to present the 1999 Police Award for Nashville and Middle
Tennessee to Detective Clifford Mann.