One year ago today, Dickson County Sheriff’s Deputy, Sgt. Daniel Baker was killed in the line of duty.
Thursday night the fallen officer’s grave marker was unveiled in Dickson County. His daughter, Meredith and wife Lisa stood by as Baker was honored by family, friends, and law enforcement. The commemorative plaque, specially made in Minnesota reads, “Daniel Scott Baker – Loving Husband, Dad, Son and Brother.”
“He didn’t shy away from anything. He was the one leading people on his shift,” recalled Dickson County Sheriff, Jeff Bledsoe.
Lisa Baker, along with Taylor funeral home staff in Dickson, designed the marker that includes some of Baker’s favorite things, including fishing.
A year from the day she lost her husband, Lisa spoke about her struggle to accept it, and the loss she still feels.
”I’ve dreamt of his return, and woke up crying more times than I count,” she said. “I (still) don’t understand how this could happen.”
“I’m thankful that he gave us, that we have his daughter Meredith, to carry on his legacy,” said Lisa Baker’s longtime friend, Andrea Gribbins. “She’s so much like him in every little way, so that’s helped.”
Candlelight, hymns and a balloon release memorialized the man an entire community is missing, a man who paid the ultimate sacrifice because of his willingness to serve.
Hundreds of people, including several law enforcement agencies from across Middle Tennessee, attended the vigil.