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Entire Town Honors Fallen Police Chief Despite Rain

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LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, TX- Dozens of people line the streets in one Texas town, to pay tribute to a police chief who was shot and killed in the line of duty early last week.

Residents of little river academy stood along 436 and highway 95 to say farewell to their fallen police chief.

Thresia Jones's who once had a store on the street corner, brought her grandchildren. They've known Lee Dixon most of their lives.

"He would check in on me every morning to make sure was I safe because I was by myself at 9:00 and he was here when I closed at 5 every day," said Jones.

As the town waited for the processional to arrive, a heavy rain storm moved in.

Despite the weather conditions, no one left, including Christina Turner and her children.

"It's about showing respect to him and his family and letting them know we are here for them, for anything they need," said Turner.

As the procession appeared around a curve in the road, members of the little river academy fire and rescue department gave the first of what would be many salutes this day.

The entire team was here because other fire crews were in town providing back up coverage.

"It hits home, just a couple of weeks ago we lost one of the Killeen SWAT officers and a lot of us attended that also, in this area it's getting to the point of happening too often for us here," said Fire Rescue Captain Jason Woodard.

Law enforcement units from across the state came to honor Chief Dixon.

The lights from their patrol cars reflected off the wet pavement as they passed by residents.

They held signs, flags, or simply covered their broken hearts and bowed their heads.

From Little River Academy the slow and sad procession made its way to Belton.

A pipe and drum corps lead the way as Chief Dixon's body was brought up the winding entrance to the Bell County Expo Center.

Dixon's son carried his father's hat, and an honor guard brought the flag draped casket to a crowded memorial service.

After the traditional rifle salute Chief Dixon's wife was presented with the flag that covered her husband's body.

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