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Last fallen trooper is memorialized

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By Tia Lyn Lecorchick managing editor

The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) held the last of 23 road dedications in two years honoring fallen troopers in Madison on Thursday, Oct. 23. A section of 441 south between the city limits of Madison and Eatonton was named for Fallen Trooper John Dixon Morris, who died in route to a school bus crash in a car accident in May of 1982. The portion of the road dedicated to Dixon was chosen because it was a “favorite spot” of Dixon’s to patrol. The nearly 100-people crowd that showed up to the memorial was comprised of family and friends of Dixon, as well as dozens of local law enforcement agents. “Dixon was a trooper through and through,” said Allen Marlowe, Troop E Commander for GSP. “Since he was a kid, he wanted the chance to catch the bad guys. We shall never forget his service. I want to thank all the law enforcement people for taking time out of their busy schedules to be here today. We want to thank you, too, for your service.” Dixon graduated trooper school in 1980 and was remembered by colleagues for his dedication, passion for justice, and integrity. “He was a kind person,” said retired trooper Doug Kiser. “He was firm, fair, and aggressive.” Larry Glover, Dixon’s college roommate, spoke about Dixon’s relentless work ethic to achieve his dreams and his sound character. “I have never known a godlier man in my life,” said Glover. “Live your own lives like God is always watching as John did.” Dixon is survived by his widow, Deborah Dixon, his three sons, Matthew Dixon, Walter Dixon, and Brandon Dixon, as well as his two siblings, Ricky Dixon and Tammy Ellis. The family stood beside the memorial sign, offering up fond memories of Dixon. According to Commissioner Mark McDonald, 27 troopers have died in the line of duty since the GSP was established 78 years ago. Only four of those troopers had been honored with road dedications until an effort was organized two years ago to ensure the service of all fallen troopers was memorialized. “Only four troopers, until now, had been honored properly for their service,” said McDonald. “Now here we are at the 23rd and final dedication. We want to thank everyone who stood by us and helped make this happen.”

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