GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Residents and law enforcement across north Georgia paused Thursday to honor a 28-year-old Hall County deputy who was killed in a shootout.
Deputy Nicholas Blane Dixon, a three-year member of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, had transferred from the jail to the patrol division about nine months ago. Just four months ago, he welcomed his second son into the world.
Sheriff Gerald Couch said a gunman left the baby and 9-year-old boy without a father and his wife a widow.
“He was an outstanding deputy. He was always the one who rushed to the trouble to help people as we do in this profession and he lived up to every bit of that,” Couch said told WAGA-TV in Atlanta. This is a law enforcement family and he was a very valuable member of this agency. We will miss him.”
Dixon was laid to rest Thursday after an 11 a.m. funeral service at Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainesville that was attended by hundreds of people.
Family members, fellow law enforcement officers and friends remembered Dixon's dedication to serving his community, his Christian faith and his humor during the funeral Thursday.
Dozens of people lined Gainesville's streets to watch police vehicles lead Dixon's processional to Memorial Park Cemetery.
Authorities said the deputy died from a bullet wound early Monday after trying to stop a stolen car. Hector Garcia Solis, 17, has been charged with felony murder in Dixon's death.
Sgt. Charles Hewell worked with Dixon the night of the shooting and remembered Dixon's calm demeanor. Hewell said he never heard Dixon scream or cry after the bullet struck.