It was an emotional night for the Dickson County community as they honored one of their own who was killed in the line of duty.

One year ago, Sgt. Daniel Baker died after he was shot several times on the job.

Pictures of Sgt. Daniel Baker took center stage at Dickson County Memorial Gardens. They showed him as a deputy, father, and husband.

Underneath those pictures was a sign that said "Remember Our Fallen."

Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe shared some words about Sgt. Baker's time with the sheriff's office.

"He was at the front of the line. He was leading and he was answering calls," Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe of the Dickson County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies lined the street with flashing lights in front of the memorial service, In the crowd was a sea of people wearing black t-shirts with Sgt. Baker's badge.

"It's not easy to describe, but it's a good feeling to see people come out and support us," Sheriff Bledsoe said.

The shirts are the community's way of remembering his life one year later. His parents showed appreciation.

"You've kept Daniel's memory alive and we'll never forget you or your kindness," his parent said.

Dozens of carnations from friends and family have now been placed on top of Sgt. Baker's new grave marker.

"He paid the ultimate sacrifice. That in spite of it all, change has occurred and will continue in his honor," Lisa Baker, his wife said.

As the sun went down, all you could see were candles. Later, blue balloons filled the sky.

"I miss him. We all miss him," Sgt. Baker's mother said.

Friends honor Sgt. Baker

Friends, family and friends went out of their way on Thursday to decorate the town and show support for Dickson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Baker, who was shot and killed on May 30, 2018.

“It’s important, I feel like, that his family knows that,” said family friend Jessica Hopper.

Hopper was a friend of Baker and a wife to a deputy who worked with him for eight years.

She’s spending the day covering Highway 70 with blue ribbons so everyone knows Baker’s memory will live on.

A memorial service was held at 8 p.m. at the Dickson County Memorial Garden to remember Baker.

Hopper started a nonprofit called Dickson County C.O.P.S. She said the purpose is for the community to stand behind their officers in the good times and the bad.

“We need to make sure they know that they’re appreciated,” said Hopper.

Hopper said it’s not easy being married to a deputy. It’s something she grapples with every day, especially after the death of Baker.

“Every door you know on could be your last. Every call you respond to could be your last,” Hooper said. “Don’t get comfortable because you can’t.”

Community members said this hasn’t been easy for them, but the love and compassion they have received from people across the nation is comforting.

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Lindsey Nance joined the News4 team in June 2018. She currently covers the education beat for News4.


Cameron Taylor is a national Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in December 2018.

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