North Carolina State Treasurer Pushes for Line-of-Duty Death Status for Slain Police Sgt. Nix

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell is seeking approval for the murder of Greensboro Police Sgt. Phillip Dale Nix to be recognized as a “line-of-duty” death. Nix was tragically killed while attempting to intervene in a robbery, off duty but still actively working to protect the public.

The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) will make the ultimate decision on whether Nix’s death meets the criteria for a line-of-duty designation. If approved, his family would receive an additional $200,000 in death benefits. Folwell expressed his unwavering support for this decision, emphasizing the selfless nature of Nix’s actions and the importance of honoring his sacrifice.

In a press release, Folwell emphasized the vital role law enforcement officers play in safeguarding their communities, asserting that officers are essentially “on duty” at all times, even when off duty. He also stressed the urgency of providing support to Nix’s family, urging the NCIC to swiftly confirm the line-of-duty status to expedite the benefits payment.

Additionally, Folwell has called upon the North Carolina Attorney General and the NC Department of Justice to prioritize the investigation at the state crime lab in order to facilitate the prompt issuance of death benefits to Nix’s family. He emphasized the importance of expediting the investigative process to ensure that the family receives the support they need as quickly as possible.

The tragic death of Sgt. Nix serves as a solemn reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers face in the line of duty. The efforts to secure the line-of-duty designation and expedite the benefits payment underscore the significance of recognizing and supporting the dedicated individuals who put their lives on the line to protect their communities.