Those listening to the dispatcher’s voice on Thursday knew the answer would never come in the call for a Georgia deputy’s response.
It was the last call for Hall County Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon. And it was made while loved ones and law enforcement officers gathered around his casket in the summer heat.
The dispatcher issued a code ordering a stop to all radio traffic, which is a code used in moments of distress.
“Deputy Nicolas Blane Dickson 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.”
The streets were lined with dozens of people in Gainesville, Georgia who came out to watch police vehicles lead Dixon’s processional to Memorial Park Cemetery.
Hall County officers were joined by agencies from Atlanta, Johns Creek, Norcross, Ellijay and Clayton County.
The 28-year-old deputy died early Monday, 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 strengthen.
“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.”
Hundreds of people, with at least half in uniform, were at the funera.
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.”
Deputy Nicolas Dixon of Gainseville was killed in the line of duty Sunday night. Now three people are in custody and a fourth is still in the hospital following the murder of the Hall County Sheriff’s deputy late Sunday night.
Police say Deputy Nixon along with several other officers was chasing a stolen vehicle with several suspects inside. That’s when their car crashed near the HomeTowne Studios on Jesse Jewell Parkway.
The GBI has responded to an officer involved shooting in Hall County. We are working to gather details. pic.twitter.com/64dQt5UiEG
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) July 8, 2019
That car and those individuals were tied to several burglaries and automobile break-ins over the weekend.
Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said after the crash, a 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.
One of the suspects, 17-year-old Hector Garcia, who allegedly shot the deputy, was wounded and taken to an area hospital. His condition is hasn’t been released. He is now charged with felony murder.
“One of the suspects, believed to be the shooter, was hit by gunfire and was also taken to the medical center for treatment,” Booth said in a news release. “His condition is unknown at this time.”
Deputy Dixon was a father of two and a proud husband who had served with the department for three years. He was a husband and father of two.
Our hearts are with the family, blood & blue, of the Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We thank you for your service and will continue to pray for your family, friends, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. #LODD 🖤💙🖤 pic.twitter.com/DuvoneUei9
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) July 8, 2019
Deputy Dixon’s death is the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, according to a spokeswoman for the agency.
It’s also the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year.
Glascock County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr., a 19-year-old from Gibson, was killed Jan. 29 in a two-vehicle accident on the way to pick up an inmate.
Just six months before his death, he had graduated from the police training program at Augusta Technical College .
29-year-old Forsyth County Deputy Sheriff Spencer Englett died April 4 after suffering a “traumatic medical event” during a training exercise.
It was only his first day of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Pickens County.
Savannah police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, who was just 50-years-old, was shot and killed May 11. He happened when he and another officer were ambushed by a robbery suspect. Ansari was an Army vet and a father of four.
Last year, a total of six Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty.