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Fallen Heroes

Earl Dixon Police memorial photo by Paul Echols This is Earl Dixon and his children. Dixon was a constable killed in the line of duty in Pulaski County, Illinois in 1935. I was able to find Mr. Dixon’s only surviving child, who is 87, so that he and his family would know his father’s sacrifice was being remembered and honored at the state and national level. Paul Echols took the photo of the Illinois Police Memorial Ceremony in Springfield at which Constable Dixon was among those memorialized. I so enjoy volunteering my services for this cause.   “I am a retired police officer and now full-time criminal justice instructor. I have known Juli for many years and have always admired her support of crime victim rights. When I started researching historic cases of police officers killed in the line of duty (for nomination to the state and national memorials), I ran into the problem of trying to find the families of these fallen heroes. I reached out to Juli for her help. She immediately agreed to volunteer her time and expertise. Some of these officers were killed over 100 years ago, so it seemed like an impossible task. Amazingly, she was able to find relatives in most of these cases. The families are elated that their loved ones lost so long ago can now be honored and recognized for their sacrifice. Thanks Juli on behalf of all these police families!” (Paul Echols, 2015)

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