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Courthouse tree honors fallen Deputy Dixon
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A portrait of fallen Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon sits Dec. 23, 2019, in the limbs of a Christmas tree placed in the Hall County Magistrate Court office. - photo by Nick Watson

Dressed with silver and blue ornaments, a tree in Hall County Magistrate Court’s office honors fallen Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon. 

Dixon attempted to pull over a car July 7 suspected to have been used in several burglaries over the previous weekend.

A shootout ensued in the front yard of a home in the area of Highland Avenue, where Dixon was fatally shot. 

Four people were charged with murder following Dixon’s death. Their case is still open.

According to a Magistrate Court representative, the idea to honor fallen officers started when the court moved to the third floor in the Hall County Courthouse earlier this year.

A framed portrait of Dixon sits near the top of the tree. One of the ornaments shows the thin blue line — a symbol associated with law enforcement — above the phrase “Never Forgotten.”

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An ornament shows the thin blue line — a symbol associated with law enforcement — and the phrase “Never Forgotten.” The ornament hangs Dec. 23, 2019, on a Christmas tree in the Hall County Magistrate Court. - photo by Nick Watson

A Magistrate Court representative said the tree is something they hope to continue in future years that will honor other officers and members of law enforcement such as the Hall County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound Gus.

The 8-year-old bloodhound died in August of heart failure.

The Magistrate Court representative said the tree is a “gesture that we felt compelled to do because of law enforcement and support of them.”

“The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office thank our partners at Magistrate Court for this wonderful display,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.