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Burt Alvord.

George Bravin became a Cochise County (AZ) lawman in 1894, when he was 36.  He quickly garnered respect—although his choice of deputies was a bit questionable.  As constable in Pearce, he hired Burt Alvord as his deputy. Bravin fired him six months later; his services were not needed.  By 1900, Alvord had gone bad—and was placed in the Cochise County Jail—overseen by Bravin. Alvord and 24 others escaped in April.

In spite of that embarrassing episod, Bravin continued his law enforcement career until his death in 1918.

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