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Slain Police Chief Laid to Rest

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 09:27 PM CDT
Mourners gathered Thursday morning at the Temple Bible Church for the funeral service for slain Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon, 53, who was remembered as a loving, caring and honorable man.

Dixon was shot to death a week ago Thursday, the fourth area law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in less than a year.

“We lost a great man,” Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange told mourners Thursday morning.

“Each one of us who carries a badge is more determined this morning after this incident to carry out our jobs, to keep our communities safe, to do what we were sworn to do, because Lee would not have it any other way,” he said.

Milam County Sheriff David Greene, for whom Dixon worked as a deputy before leaving to become chief in Little River-Academy, called him “a great friend.”

Greene said Dixon’s badge number will be retired.

After the funeral, a 20-mile procession to the Bell County Expo Center passed through Little River-Academy to allow residents to pay their respects to the veteran officer.

At the Expo Center, the Austin Police Pipe and Drum Corps and the Bell County Sheriff’s Posse escorted the procession as it proceeded along the driveway.

Prayers were offered and the flag covering Dixon’s casket was presented to his family.

Dixon was honored with a 21-gun salute, a bugler played Taps,and the traditional end-of-watch call was made.

Dixon will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Dixon’s name to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department Foundation.

Dixon, 54, who started on the job just last month, was shot and killed early last Thursday evening after responding to a report of a man with a gun at a house in the area of Main and Allison Streets.Slain Police Chief Laid to Rest


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