HALL COUNTY, Ga. – The coworkers of a fallen Georgia deputy gave an incredible gift to the child of their fallen brother on Wednesday when they escorted Deputy Nicolas Dixon’s 9-year-old son to his first day of fourth grade.
Deputy Dixon was killed when caught in a firefight with suspects in a stolen car in Gainesville last month.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office put up a post on Facebook expressing how they wanted to offer as much love and support for the Dixon family as they could.
9-year-old Caden and his mom Stephanie walked into school on Wednesday with their police escort. Dixon also leaves behind an infant son.
The streets were lined with dozens of people in Gainesville, Georgia last month who came out to watch police vehicles lead Dixon’s processional to Memorial Park Cemetery after he was killed in July.
“Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon is 10-7, 10-42,” the dispatcher said. “End of watch: July 7, 2019. Deputy Dixon, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Godspeed. We have the watch from here.”
Hall County officers were joined by agencies from Atlanta, Johns Creek, Norcross, Ellijay and Clayton County.
The 28-year-old deputy died on July 7th, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Sgt. Charles Hewell worked with Dixon that night. During the funeral, he recalled the scene and said he never heard Dixon scream or cry after the bullet struck.
He said Dixon was a man of calm and strength.
“My brother held on and fought longer than he should have. That’s just the fighter he was,” Hewell said. “I miss you dearly, brother. I’m sorry I couldn’t save you or do more for you.”
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Hundreds of people, with at least half in uniform, were at the funeral.
It opened with a Bible verse from John 15 about the love required to “lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
“Sunday night, Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon was a living embodiment of this verse and much more.”
A slideshow of photos played while a singer performed “The Weight of the Badge.”
Among the pictures was a selfie with fellow officers, blurry childhood photos and a picture of him holding an infant close to his chest.
Family members, friends and officers spoke of Dixon’s dedication to serving others, his Christian faith and his humor.
According to Jeremy Dixon, his younger brother, he was a hero.
“Blane loved his family. He loved his job,” Jeremy Dixon said. “He was proud to put that badge on every day and serve his community.”
Dixon’s grandfather, Rev. Thomas Jordan, also spoke at the funeral.
He said Dixon “lived long enough to be loved, but not long enough.”
Police say Deputy Nixon was chasing a stolen vehicle with several suspects inside. The suspects lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
A young Georgia sheriff’s deputy has left behind a 9-year-old son and 4-month-old son after he was gunned down in the line of duty Sunday night, authorities said.
Nicolas Dixon was killed in the line of duty July 7, 2019. https://t.co/Y1bPOvsQIJ
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Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said after the crash, the group jumped out and started running… with the officers giving chase on foot.
The shootout between the deputies and the suspects started in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deputy was shot and rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died.
That car and those individuals were tied to several burglaries and automobile break-ins in the area. All suspects have since been arrested and are facing felony murder charges.
Rest in peace, Deputy Dixon. We’ll take it from here.