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Lieutenant William James Nixon

Jackson Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, April 27, 1978

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Reflections for Lieutenant William James Nixon

Was a close friend of Lieutenant Nixon when I was in the Bail Bond Business. We went Dirt Biking with him and the sons. A truly wonderful friend and excellent Police Officer. RIP

V. Dennis Lodise
Lodise Bail Bond.

April 29, 2022

The story to this I am very familiar with. I have read the trial transcripts and it is horrible for anyone to have lost they life. Especially due to fact someone who was doing wrong made even more bad decisions. From reading all I have about this man an this case. It really seems that the jpd was running an honorable department. I myself have a connection to this due to the fact my grandmother was dating the man who pulled the trigger. I’m ashamed to admit. Tho this all happened a year before I was born. The story’s I’ve been told an everything I researched myself. On behalf of me an my family words can’t express how sorry an even ashamed I am to have this connection to this incident. However I know he is protecting an serving in a much better place An I have the upmost respect for his continued teachings an legacy I have read about he left An for any family , friends, even fellow officers an students this seems to have been a great an very good man I wish I could have had the honor to meet him.

Family had ties to case

January 31, 2022

I was blessed to work under Lt. Nixon a fair and great officer of law enforcement. I was one of the first officers to arrive at his mishap that day. I shall always miss him !!

Officer: Ron Kimbrough
Jackson Mich City Police Dept.

February 10, 2021

I was in my 2d year as a Patrol Officer with the Jackson Police department and assigned working undercover for Region II Metro when Jim was murdered. I had worked a long (i.e. late night) and was home asleep when Chuck Hackett (also working undercover) called me to inform me what had occurred. It was a shock. Jim, as he was known to us at JPD was a well liked and well respected officer. His was the firs, unfortunately not the last, funeral of a fallen officer i attended.

Sergeant Ruben Soto
Jackson Police Department, Retired

April 27, 2016

So vivid are the memories of calling my dad and telling him you had lost your life. I only knew you as Jim our families friend and my dads best friend. I still have your card from the last time I saw you. Your handwritten number on the back telling mom and I to call if we needed anything. You will never be forgotten and forever live in my heart. Thank you for your service and for your love for our family. Dad passed on August 27, 2015 and I'm sure you were there to meet him. Even though 38 years have gone bye your big booming voice is in my head telling me to be a good person and life will treat you good.

Bonnie (Mast) Dhyne
Carl's daughter, your friend

April 18, 2016

I had the opportunity to meet Lt. William Nixon's son yesterday on a traffic stop. Lt. Nixon's son said that his father had a desk job prior to going back on the road but he died doing what he loved to do. We had a great conversation and I just wanted to come today to show respect for a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you Lt. William Nixon.

Ofc. Steven Dye
Ann Arbor Police Dept (MI)

August 21, 2014

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

RIP my brother, the Lord has taken you home.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

April 7, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 34h anniversary 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 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. Rest In Peace.

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. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

May 13, 2012

I just completed an FTO instructor class taught by an officer, now retired, that spoke of the profound influence you had on his career. It speaks to the job that you did in molding young officers that 33 years after your death you still are teaching. I hope that you enjoy playing with your backhoe...

Sgt Jordan McCoy
Marquette County Sheriff's Dept WI

April 29, 2012

Rest in Peace. May God Bless you and your family.

Del Rio Police Department (Texas)

March 9, 2010

Thank you for your service Lt. Nixon. You will never be forgotten. Thank you

Jackson, Michigan

July 6, 2008



May 1, 2008

Knowing the danger, still he served. We owe to Lt. Nixon and all LEOs a debt we cannot pay. I honor the memory of Lt. Nixon on this day.

March 15, 2008

"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

November 15, 2007

Thank you for your service Lt. Nixon.

Grand Rapids, MI

August 18, 2007

Although it has been 27 years, you paid the greastest price one can pay, and may you forever rest in peace sir.

November 21, 2005

Lt. Nixon was the instructor of my very first criminal justice class at Jackson Community College. I had just returned to school from military service, I had let my hair grow and grown a beard, not typical of his students but none of that seemed to bother him. For some reason, he seemed interested in what I represented, and constantly pushed me to sign up for a ride-along. Having been a military policeman I had no real desire to do a ride-along, but he finally prevailed and I did it. I went on to complete my degree and eventually returned to Jackson to work as an investigator in the Prosecutor's office, and later I worked as a Probation Officer. I met Lt. Nixon on the job one day and reminded him of our first meeting, he didn't recall it as clearly as I did, but seemed genuinely amused by my story. He was someone that I could always count on for help, and his death saddened us all. I will always rememeber him.

Lynn Gregg - July 2005

Inv. Lynn Gregg
Howard County Maryland

July 14, 2005


Lt. Nixon I read your story today and wanted to salute you for your heroism and service. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County Illinois Sheriff's Dept.

October 2, 2004

To the Family of Lt. Nixon,
I was in the 2nd grade when Lt. Nixon was killed. My father was a colleague of his. Lt. Nixon must have been a good and honorable man, that was the only time that I have ever seen my father cry. That says a lot. Rest in peace Lt. Nixon. Daughter of a former fellow JPD officer.

Shayla Thomas Patton-Private Citizen

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