When Deputy Dixon took his oath of office to protect and serve the citizens of New Hanover County, I’m fairly certain he had no idea his charge would lead him to a special education class, where he would do much more than protect and serve . . . he would demonstrate the unconditional acceptance of children who sometimes struggle to find friendship.
At first glance, Deputy Dixon might seem a bit daunting. Standing over 6 feet tall and dressed in his uniform, many children might be intimidated by his presence. But for Beau and his buddies, Deputy Dixon is a super hero disguised in a deputy costume. With a smile that disarms and a heart that seems to know no bounds, Deputy Dixon has become a very special part of Beau’s class and his life.
Time and time again, I have witnessed Deputy Dixon go above and beyond the call of duty to make the students not only feel safe, but loved. He’s patient and kind and always seems to find a way to bring out the best in everyone – especially Beau. When asked who his best friends at school are, Beau leads off the list with Deputy Dixon’s name. Whether sharing a meal together in the cafeteria or a conversation in the classroom, Beau and Deputy Dixon are true friends. And when I drop off my favorite little guy at school in the morning, I feel a little better knowing Deputy Dixon is looking out for him.