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Highway Patrol applicant dies in training

Posted February 22, 2012
Updated February 23, 2012

— An applicant to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol died Wednesday after completing a 1.5-mile run that is part of the agency's screening process, authorities said.

Isiah Hardy Nixon, 22, of Wendell, collapsed at about 12:30 p.m. shortly after the run. Medical personnel and paramedics, who were on hand for the fitness test, tried to revive the him, but he was pronounced dead at WakeMed.

During the screening process, the Highway Patrol said Nixon did not show any outward signs of trouble.   Perdue meets with Highway Patrol Highway Patrol candidate dies in training

"There was nothing unusual that would really show any type of signs or any types of clues. That's why it's such a sudden and tragic event," Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.

Nixon, a 2008 graduate of East Wake High School, is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son. Family members said this was Nixon's second time applying to the Highway Patrol, and he was determined to make it. 


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  • Seriously15. Feb 23, 2012

    My heart breaks knowing this man gave his life trying to get a position where each day he risked his life. The black and silver men and women cry for him and his family. He gave all he had yesterday...as did every trooper and emergency personnel member that was on scene. They wanted nothing more than to bring him back, and work side by side with him.

  • jessicasbeach Feb 23, 2012

    What a dear friend you were to ALL of us. We miss you SO MUCH Isiah! I have so many memories that I will hold dear to my heart. We will honor you and take care of your beautiful family. Isiah, we love you with all our hearts. To anyone that knew Isiah, we have set up a fund for his family. Please go to Wells Fargo bank and donate to Isaih Nixon Memorial Fund. Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated.

  • Mom2two Feb 23, 2012

    It is very tragic. His wife was just diagnosed 2 mos ago with thyroid cancer and underwent thyroid removal. Thankfully that was all that was required, but now this. I can't imagine being in her shoes.

  • margiemmcfarland Feb 23, 2012

    My son was there when this young man passed away. He was also trying to pass the physical part of the application process but was struggling with the flu. He is the same age as this young man. I know how hard and how long he worked to get to the application process. So I can relate to how hard Mr. Nixon must have worked and how truly deteremined he was to make this world a better place. We would like his family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. We will not forget him and he will always be a hero in our hearts.

  • atlhockeymom Feb 23, 2012

    As a "survivor" understand similar circumstances I understand what this family is going through. NCSHP is an organization that stands by families during crisis situations and I'm sure will stand by this family. A life has been lost. Not just a life, but a man who voluntarily CHOSE and sought to SERVE AND PROTECT--a HERO! NCSHP will take the necessary steps to (1) Get the COPS organization involved immediately to assist the family, (2) file claim under "The Hometown Heroes/PSOB Act" for benefits. This man died because he wanted to make a positive difference in the world. God bless his soul and may God have mercy on those left behind.

  • mjkmj Feb 23, 2012

    I am so sad to read that a man who is trying to better himself for the sake of his family and his community has died in the effort. Prayers for his young family.
    They live in our neighborhood. Our hearts are heavy in our little corner of Wendell.

  • RileyQuinnsMom Feb 23, 2012

    Isiah was one of the hardest working and most honorable young men I have ever had the privileged of knowing. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • philburn0303 Feb 23, 2012

    Thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.

  • tarheelj Feb 23, 2012

    The only comments that should be on here now should be to his family...this is not the time or place to bash law enforcement....my prayers are with you during this horrible time.

  • warbirdlover Feb 23, 2012

    I live on a beautiful road in Horse Country in Moore County. I see the Southern Pines Fire Department running all the time up and down my road to stay in shape. I have a idea that it was some Heart Problem that never showed up at physicals. My family and I send condolences to his family. Here was a young man on the right path.