The City of Dixon and the Dixon Police Department are saddened to announce the passing of Lt. Mike Tegeler. Lt. Tegeler passed away unexpectedly at his home on December 18, 2021. He was commander of the Field Operations Division of the Dixon Police Department and managed all patrol teams for the city.
“Mike’s passing was a sudden shock to the entire police department,” Chief Robert Thompson said. “He was such an important part of this agency and the lives of so many of our younger officers. Mike’s commitment to his values and his family were so ingrained in his character he made the entire department better.”
Lt. Tegeler joined the Dixon Police Department in 2012 after spending 22 years with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. He was promoted to sergeant in 2013, and he led the Investigations Section, supervising the investigations carried out by detectives.
In 2018, Mike was promoted to lieutenant and was given command of the Field Operations Division. In that capacity, Lt. Tegeler led all patrol operations for the City of Dixon. “Make no mistake,” Thompson said, “his impact on the evolution of this organization cannot be overstated. He will forever be a part of the Dixon Police Department, and we will try and honor the promise he made of service and dedication.” Lt. Tegeler was also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.
The Solano County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an inquiry into the exact cause of death.
A viewing for Lt. Tegeler will be Friday, January 7th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Vaca Hills Chapel in Vacaville. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 8th, at 11:00 am at the Mission Church in Vacaville. A private burial is scheduled at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to Cadence International, Attn: Nafziger Ministry in memory of Mike Tegeler, www.cadence.org/nafziger.
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