Alex Femenia

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Alex Femenia
(Football, 1972)

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This 1972 DHS graduate was a member of the first Danbury Pop Warner football team, the PAL Panthers, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, Alex Femenia. In his senior season, Alex rushed for 812 yards and threw 12 touchdown passes. The DHS football team was 8-1 his senior year, and he holds two school records: the longest punt return for a touchdown and the longest fumble recovery for a touchdown. As a defensive back, Alex was nicknamed “the thief” because of his outstanding skills. Aside from his stellar football career, Alex was also a four year varsity letterman in basketball. Known for his defensive skills, Alex ran the point for Coach Harry Hyra. While at Danbury High, Alex received many honors. In football he was All-Area, All-Fairfield County, and All-State. A senior football tri-captain, Alex was the 1972 Kiwanis Club MVP in football. The football area scoring champion his senior year, Alex was selected to play in the high school Nutmeg Bowl. In basketball, Alex was first team All-Area in 1970, 1971 and 1972. After his graduation from Danbury High School, he went on to play defensive back at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he earned a business degree. After college, Alex had a 30 year career with the Phoenix Police Department, serving ten years as a homicide detective. He was the lead detective in 105 homicide investigations and was awarded the Most Outstanding Investigator in 2006. That year he was credited for apprehending the ‘Baseline Serial Killer’ and was honored with the Governor of Arizona Award. In his law enforcement career, Alex was also the recipient of 125 commendations and a Lifesaving Medal.