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Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix honors Florida officers killed in the line of duty


Green Bay Packers safety and Eatonville native Ha Ha Clinton-Dix faced the Washington Redskins on Saturday with the names of four Central Florida police officers inked on his cleats.

“Added 2 more angels to my cleats in respect to families who loss Two HEROS in the communities. #SAMHOWARD #MATTHEWBAXTER #RIP,” Clinton-Dix tweeted ahead of the pre-season game. He included a photo of his black cleats with the four names in white.

The two recently added names were of Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter of the Kissimmee Police Department. Howard and Baxter were fatally shot Friday night.

Baxter, a 27-year-old three-year veteran who is married to another Kissimmee police officer, died Friday night. Howard, 36, died Saturday afternoon at Osceola Regional Medical Center.

Both men were fathers. Baxter left four young children, and Howard left one child, a teenager.

Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, who was shot and killed in January, and Orange County Deputy Sheriff Norman Lewis, who died in a car crash during the ensuing manhunt for Clayton’s killer, are also named on Clinton-Dix’s cleats.

Clinton-Dix played for Orlando Dr. Phillips High School before going to the University of Alabama, where he won two national championship rings.

Over the weekend, Clinton-Dix retweeted photos of a growing memorial at the Kissimee Police Department for Baxter and Howard.

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