Outgoing JPD chief fought crime and cancer

Published: Jun. 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM CDT
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Whether it's a murder scene or a hostage situation, JPD Chief Rebecca Coleman portrays a strength acquired through four decades in law enforcement. Coleman's resume includes many firsts. She was JPD's first African-American Deputy Sergeant, as well as the very first African-American female police chief in Texas; and she was raised not far from Jackson.

"My hometown is in Magee," said Coleman.

The outgoing Chief told WLBT that it was always her dream to one day lead the police department and when she was selected to head JPD she reached the greatest accomplishment of her career.

"Being a young lady from Simpson County who would have thought that I would live my dream and that was my dream," Coleman told WLBT.

Along with accomplishing her professional dream, battling crime, Chief Coleman has also battled some health scares.

"I am a two time survivor of cancer. I was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer, later I developed cervical cancer and I'm cancer free right now," explained Coleman.

The Chief not only celebrates life and her career, but she also cherishes her strongest bond and that's with her twin daughters.

"She's our heart we live and breathe her," said Danielle Gooch, Coleman's daughter,

Coleman said she's not taking a Police Chief job at Tennessee State or anywhere else. For now, she just plans to enjoy a sweet retirement.

"It's sweet, but I've enjoyed it I've enjoyed my entire law enforcement career this is something that I wanted to do," said Coleman.

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