Family and friends of a slain deputy are preparing for a tough day tomorrow.
Dickson County Sheriff Sgt. Daniel Baker will be laid to rest.
Hundreds of people poured into his visitation Monday night.
Loved ones, law enforcement, acquaintances and strangers took a moment to place something special at the patrol car honoring Baker, before going inside and paying their final respects.
Liam Schlicter, age 6, placed a police officer Mickey Mouse on the car.
“I’m sorry their dad died,” said Liam.
They were such heartfelt words from a child who appeared to have a clear understanding of that all of this means.
“He can’t see his family. Well he can watch them from heaven,” said Liam.
“I wasn’t expecting that but I’m glad he said that,” said Brittany Ingram, his mom.
Liam’s mom brought him to the visitation Monday, not only to pay respects but to use this as a teaching moment.
“In the community, we try to get him out and let him know about stuff,” said Ingram.
It’s this kind of support that Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said has gotten him through this past week.
“That is carrying us. That’s standing with us. That is locking arms with us and helping us through this,” said Bledsoe.
It’s a familiar feeling for Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, who embraced the sheriff as soon as he saw him on Monday afternoon.
“It doesn’t make a difference if it’s across the county line. The hurt is still the same,” said Anderson.
During the visitation, The 100 Club of Nashville presented Baker’s widow with a $25,000 check.
The charity accepts any members who want to join.
Members pay $100 a year and all of that money goes back to the families of fallen officers.
To join, click here.
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