Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Delavan Lewis Dixon

Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Tuesday, June 4, 1996

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Reflections for Lieutenant Delavan Lewis Dixon

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

Rest in peace Lt. Dixon.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 11, 2019

I was in this class with Del and on the same fitness challenge. I remember him well and he will always be in my memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to him family. RIP brother.

Sergeant Roland T Rieck
Town of East Fishkill Police Department

June 8, 2016

I went to the Wyoming Academy (WLEA) for basic with Del back in 1982. Del was a cut above even then. I left WY in 1994 for another agency. I was sad to hear of his passing in 96 and I still have thoughts of him to this day. Rest well Del.

Bryan Piercy, Chief Ranger
National Park Service

June 4, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 4, 2015

Del was my first sergeant (then lieutenant) in Rawlins. He was adamant about quality in the law enforcement profession and I learned so much from him in the five years I spent with Rawlins PD. The training and advise I received from him carried me through the remaining 24 years of my law enforcement career. I owe him a lot.

Rest in Peace Del. You were a good man. I will never forget you.

Officer Jan Ferguson (retired)
5 years Rawlins PD, 24 years Sunrise PD

July 31, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 16, 2012

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 22, 2008

10 years have passed since this tragedy. God bless you sir for your service and dedication. Rest in peace Lt. Dixon as you sit by the hand of God. To the men and women of Rawlins Police Department,always remember,never forget and keep up the good work! 7-7-06


July 8, 2006

RIP, Lt. your not forgotten.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos Texas.

April 7, 2005

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