DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Blue bows decorate doors and light posts around Dickson County. A simple sign of a significant loss.
Sergeant Daniel Baker, 32, was killed one year ago in the line of duty.
The morning of May 30, 2018, started like any other and his last call should have been just as usual. But after the 10-year department veteran responded to the suspicious vehicle reported on Sam Vineyard Road it was clear something was not right.
Steven Wiggins was arrested after a 3-day manhunt and charged with Sgt. Baker’s murder. He and co-defendant Erika Castro-Miles will go to trial next year.
In the meantime, the community Sgt. Baker served and those he served alongside are dealing with the devastating loss. His absence no greater than for his wife, Lisa, and their young daughter, Meredith.
In August, Lisa Baker told News 2, “I feel like wherever I am, or where Meredith is, that’s where [Daniel] is.”
Sgt. Baker’s sacrifice was honored earlier this month at the Tennessee State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s annual ceremony. He was also memorialized in Washington, D.C. as his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.
There will be another opportunity for people to honor Sgt. Baker’s memory Thursday. A candlelight vigil is being held at 8:00 p.m. at Dickson Memorial Gardens.
People who live in Dickson County are asked to place a blue ribbon on their door or around their property to honor the beloved sergeant.