The bloodlines to law enforcement and public safety branched out in several directions Friday as 11 women and men were sworn in as Duluth police officers.
The latest rookie class includes Dean Bauers, whose late father, Dennin, was a Duluth police officer for 25 years, and whose mother, Ann Peterson, retired as head of the University of Minnesota Duluth Police Department; Tim Crossmon, whose father, Tom, captains the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad; Jen Mangan, whose father, Kevin, is a retired Carlton County sheriff, and Josiah Bellows, whose father, Mark, has been a police chaplain for the city of Lakeville, Minn., for 25 years.
Duluth police Chief Gordon Ramsay welcomed the recruits “as the brightest of your peers” and told them to get involved in their community, volunteer, create a network of friends outside of work and not take themselves too seriously. But he also gave them a sobering message:
“We are exposed to situations that really no human should be exposed to,” Ramsay said. “When most people run from danger, we run toward it. You will quickly learn the smell of fresh blood and death. You will know the terrible experience of giving death notifications to the family of loved ones. Dealing with tragedy really will become your work. It is these events that shape our officers as they progress throughout their career.”
Mayor Don Ness also welcomed the recruits, and 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Building. Recruit Dean Bauers’ mother pinned on his police badge during the ceremony. His father, a popular retired Duluth police officer, died on Jan. 1, 2006, when he was struck in the head with a hockey puck while playing with a group of Duluth Central hockey players and their fathers.
Retired Duluth police Chief Scott Lyons, now law enforcement coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, has known Dean Bauers since the recruit was a young boy.
“I’m not surprised that this is what he decided to do,” Lyons said. “He’s got the same funny Dennin Bauers grin, but maybe not quite the gift of gab that his dad had, but he’s a great kid. I see both mom and dad in him. His dad was a lot more free-wheeling and his mom a little more cautious. I think he’s got a good blend of the two of them.”
Dean Bauers played football, hockey and baseball for Duluth Central and in 2007 was selected as the News Tribune’s prep Baseball Player of the Year as a pitcher with the Trojans. He was recruited to play football at Concordia-St. Paul and majored in criminal justice there.
Current Concordia-St. Paul head football coach Ryan Williams recruited Bauers.
“Dean is an outstanding young man; he’s awesome,” Williams said in a phone interview Friday. “He was one of the smartest kids we had. He always did everything he was supposed to do. He’s just a great person who has overcome some adversity in his life.”
Bauers politely declined to be interviewed for this story and his mother did the same. She said her son didn’t want the attention.
Williams laughed and wasn’t surprised when told that Bauers didn’t want to talk about himself for a newspaper story. “That’s Deano, a humble man,” the coach said. “He’s very modest, very humble, very down to earth, but he’ll line up and kick your tail on a football field.”
Jen Mangan, who grew up in Cloquet, took a circuitous route in following in her father’s footsteps in law enforcement. She taught seventh- and eighth-gradescience in Phoenix for five years, then moved back to Duluth in 2010 and took a job as an evidence technician with Duluth police. She attended Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and graduated in 2012 with a 4.0 grade-point average.
She developed a sense of humor along the way. “I was told that I have enough experience being a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher that it shouldn’t be too big of a difference on the street,” she deadpanned.
Mangan’s father retired as Carlton County sheriff in 2005 after a 33-year career in law enforcement. “He just told me to do my best at everything I do,” she said.
Kevin Mangan said he believes his daughter is well-prepared. “I think her whole well-rounded education and all of the things she has done in life already make her a good police officer,” he said. “She’s very mature. I think it’s great that she’s a cop. I’m very proud of her.”
Andrea Nadeau of Duluth cradles a police badge she is waiting to pin it on the uniform of her husband, Mike Nadeau, during the Duluth Police Department swearing-in ceremony Friday afternoon in Duluth.Some familiar names in Duluth’s new class of cops | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.