Lieutenant Delavan Lewis Dixon

Lieutenant Delavan Lewis Dixon

Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Tuesday, June 4, 1996

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Delavan Lewis Dixon

Lieutenant Dixon suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the FBI Physical Fitness Challenge in Quantico, Virginia. He was participating in the 185th Session of FBI National Academy and was due to graduate ten days later.

Lieutenant Dixon had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Virginia

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I was a member of the 185th Session of the FBI National Academy with Del. We both shared a passion for flying which made us instant friends. Del was a kindhearted and friendly colleague who had a passion for life, his family and law enforcement. We "occasionally" shared a beer or two in the academy parking lot after hours from a cooler that one of us owned (yes, I know that was a technical violation), and I got to know Del as few others in my class did. He spoke lovingly of his family in Rawlins, and I learned a great deal from him about policing in the "Wild West." Del's loss on June 4th, as we were completing the Yellow Brick Road run and preparing to graduate ten days later, had an immediate and palpable impact on the entire class. He was missed by all and to this day provides me with great memories of our parking lot conversations and academy experiences. Rest in Peace my friend....

Deputy Chief Thomas W. Finn
East Brunswick, NJ Department of Public Safety

June 26, 2020

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