Greensboro police and community gather to award fallen Sergeant Dale Nix

GREENSBORO, N.C. ??? Greensboro leaders just wrapped occurring a vigil for Sergeant Philip Dale Nix downtown at 5 p.m. upon Wednesday, Jan. 3.

They wanted to pray for friendship and attempt to bring comfort to a grieving city.

Sgt. Nix's computer graphics and legacy left a lasting impression, including upon Brian James, the former Greensboro police chief.

He said the hold in the company of officers is unlike many others.

"It is a relatives and you character that loss. No one is feeling the loss as much as his wife, his son, his parents, and his extended family. But the department extremely feels a loss. And even with you retire from the department as I did and many have, we hurt too. We are yet Greensboro police officers," James said.

He worked with Sgt. Nix and knew his character and his adherence to guard and serve, well.

He said Nix's bravery during the robbery didn't astonishment him.

State, city, and local leaders expressed their condolences during the memorial. They said Sgt. Nix spent his career focused upon homicide prevention. He died from the extremely thing he was exasperating to end. 

WFMY News 2's Nixon Norman spoke with two men who worked at businesses Sgt. Nix often visited. Both of them say they were overwhelmed by the geniality he always showed and that he quickly became a friend.

"Dale was a fine guy, you know, I had known him for beyond 20 years. It's just thus heartbreaking," Charles Rizzo said, he worked at a Starbucks Sgt. Nix frequented.

"He was the nicest governor I have ever seen, he was extremely much a people person," Isa Abuzuaiter said, owner of the Marathon gas station off announce Street and husband of Greensboro Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter. 

Both of the men met Sgt. Nix as a customer. Rizzo worked at a Starbucks where Sgt. Nix often went to back up in the tardy 90's and upfront 2000's during his time as a 911 operator.

Rizzo left a Starbuck's coffee cup upon Sgt. Nix's memorial in stomach of Greensboro's Police Department read, "going to miss our talks at Starbucks, Godspeed, Chuck Rizzo." 

"He'd always be out there drinking his coffee, reading his book, he was talking to me practically how he wanted to be a cop," Rizzo said.

Sgt. Nix didn't just frequently go to  Starbucks, Abuzuaiter said he stopped into his gas station approximately every day, really neglect an publicize upon all he met.

"He was a nicest man you ever seen, thus that broke my heart right there you know, this man??? everybody, he was loved by everybody," Abuzuaiter said.

Rizzo says one of the best ways to save nix's memory alive, is to be more with him, "as far afield as going forward, just to be a fine person, just breathing computer graphics with he did," to selflessly further others and always be a friend.

Vigil for Sgt. Nix