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Leslie Greene Mullen, Jr., was born on March 16, 1937, in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was the 2nd eldest of seven children born to the late Leslie G. Mullen, Sr. and Polly L. (Snead) Mullen. Les dedicated his life to Christ and was baptized on July 2, 1976, at Morningstar Baptist Church in Clairton, Pennsylvania.
Les attended Clairton High School in Clairton, Pennsylvania and entered the United States Air Force in 1954. He was stationed in Guam and often sent home gifts to his sisters: Irene, Janice, Jackie, Ida, Gaynelle, and Jean. After Les was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force, he spent several years working in Washington, D.C. as a delivery driver. He then moved back to Pennsylvania and began what would become a highly-decorated and accomplished law enforcement career by joining the Pennsylvania Police Academy in 1967.
Les united in marriage to Donna (Johnson) Mullen in 1965. Their loving union was blessed with two children, Angela Denise Mullen-Akporiaye, and Leslie Jerome Mullen, III.
Les was a life-long learner and believed that education was the key to success. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Delaware for Criminal Justice. Most recently, at the age of 78, he attended Bowie State University as a "Golden Student" majoring in Sociology. Always wearing a suit and tie to classes, he was the "Best Dressed Student" on campus!
-First Black Police Captain, City of Clairton, PA
-First Juvenile Officer, City of Clairton, PA
-Founder and Former President, Western Pennsylvania Juvenile Officer’s Association
-Chairman, Juvenile Committee for Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police
-State of Pennsylvania “Police Officer of the Year” Awarded by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (1981)
-Citation for work in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Alleghany County, PA
-Sponsor, National Police Officers Association of America
-United Planning Organization – Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Certificate issued by the Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Human Services (1989)
-Minority Trade Associations Seminar for Minority Trade Association Executives, Certificate issued by U.S. Small Business Administration (1989)
-Small Business Development Center Certificate Program, Certificate issued by Howard University (1990)
-Subject Matter Expert, Patient and Family Engagement, Certificate issued by the Southeastern Kidney Council (2014)
-End-Stage Renal Disease Patient Coordinator – Certificate of Recognition, Issued by the National Patient/Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (N-PFE LAN) (2014, 2015)
-Creator/Moderator of the first “Town Hall Forum: An HONEST Discussion between Police and the Community.” Bowie State University (2017)
Les transitioned on February 1, 2023, shortly after being comforted by his church family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mullen; father, Leslie G. Mullen, Sr.; mother, Polly L. Mullen; sisters, Irene E. Reid, Janice L. Harris, Jacqueline L. Boyden, and Ida M. Burgess. Those left to cherish his memory, include his daughter, Angela D. Mullen-Akporiaye (Roger); son, Leslie Jerome Mullen, III, (Ebonie); eight grandchildren, Harmony Bloodsoe, Omar Bloodsoe, Bria Herbert, Kaiana Mullen, Brandon Herbert, Dafe Akporiaye, Oghenetega Akporiaye, and Ethan Mullen; sisters, Gaynelle Mullen and Carolyn Dyson; aunt, Gaynell Howard*; and a host of other beloved relatives and friends. *transitioned to Glory on February 9, 2023.
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