Born and raised in Toledo, Oh, Angel A.D. Tucker grew up in a neighborhood flooded with drugs, gangs, and violence. He experienced harassment and endured daily pressure from local gangs, but rather than falling victim to the streets, Angel persevered, becoming a notable servant of his community for more than 30 years. As a young, ambitious leader in his neighborhood block watch, Angel helped organize neighborhood revitalization initiatives. He has since been dedicated to mentoring youth from similar communities.
In 2011, Angel made local history by becoming the first African American police officer to join the Oregon Police Division ("OPD") in Oregon, Oh. Angel spearheaded an initiative with the OPD, city officials, and Bowling Green State University to recruit a more diverse slate of candidates for first responders across the county. He was instrumental in facilitating the code of conduct agreement between FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) and the City of Oregon. Angel has served on the SWAT team, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Crisis Negotiator Unit (CNU), Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) Honor Guard, and the Bike Patrol Unit.
Angel is a national trainer in Tactical Communication, as well as a presenter for the Citizens Police Academy. In addition, Angel is highly regarded as a leader and advocate in the field of mental health. His mission to bring awareness to post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD") and continued traumatic stress disorder ("CTSD") has been acknowledged and integrated into his Tactical Communication work. These efforts have been recognized locally by the Mental Health and Recovery Board and other organizations, earning him the 2020 First Responder of the Year award for Lucas County.
Angel Tucker has been a strong advocate for mental health within the first responder field, but also within inner-city neighborhoods. He is known for providing education to individuals and organizations around the country on how the dynamics of PTSD and CTSD could unite our communities. In a time where tensions are high, he provides inspiring and innovative solutions to bridging the gap between first responding agencies and communities.
Born into slavery in 1864, Young's father sought refuge, crossing the Ohio River where his family settled in Ripley, OH. After high school, Young's father convinced him to take the exam for the prestigious West Point Military Academy. Young scored the second highest in the district, obtaining admittance into the academy.
In 1884, Young reported to West Point Academy and as a result of being subjected to racial slurs, cruel slights, and hostile treatment (far beyond normal hazing), he was described as tense, with an impulsive temperament.
Most notably, during his service, Young shaped the foundation and history of this nation, with several accolades and many first.
I can relate to nearly every element of Young's story. I grew up with daily exposure to drugs, gangs, supremacy groups, threats, and attacks. As an adult, a mentor convinced me to take the Oregon, Oh police exam where I scored the second highest.
In 2011, I became the first African American to serve with my police department and during my service, I endured targeting, racial slurs, and hostile treatment. Constantly feeling anxious and edgy, I was often described as having an unpredictable temperament.
Similar to Young, during my service, I have spearhead numerous initiatives and pioneered several firsts.
Colonel Charles Young is my great great uncle, and inspires me to move forward, even when times are hard. I say to myself, if he could accomplish all he has in the face of adversity, I know I can.
I theorize that in today's society, Youngs temperament and anxiety would likely be linked to his exposures to trauma. My diagnosis of PTSD and CTSD have been directly linked to my exposures to trauma and has presented many obstacles in my life. These obstacles have led me to a career in service. Young recognized the sacrifice of change through his calling to serve and his life echoes that of today’s public servants and inner-city youth. It is our duty and mission to guide and prepare the next generation of Charles Youngs that hear the call to serve.