The only member of the Dixon Police Department to have died in the line of duty will be honored at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the department, 201 W. A St. in Dixon.
Constable Daniel McKinnon, while bravely trying to talk a bandit into dropping his gun, was shot in the heart by the thief on Nov. 22, 1918, in Dixon. Almost 100 years later, Tarron Lane, 16, of Dixon was seeking an Eagle Scout project. The story of McKinnon’s death captured his heart.
“Finding out more about him and trying to find a way to honor his memory became very important to me,” Lane said.
With the help of current city leaders, a plaque and bench honoring McKinnon will be dedicated Tuesday at the Dixon Police Department. The Boy Scouts will perform a flag ceremony, and a wreath of vintage flowers will be placed inside a horse-drawn hearse. A riderless horse will be led by a current police officer who will wear a kilt, and members of the department and McKinnon’s family will comprise a procession to his grave a mile away.
“We are so proud of Tarron and appreciative that the community is giving Constable McKinnon this honor,” said Dixon Police Chief Jon Cox.
Added McKinnon’s granddaughter, 87-year-old Valerie Jones, “I can’t believe this is happening. … We’re excited that Dixon is giving us this chance for our entire family to be a part of this special remembrance for my grandfather.”