Steve Eighinger

Nix was the definition of a hero

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 9:30 am Updated: Oct. 12, 2018 7:41 am

The dogs being housed at the Quincy Humane Society will be eating quite well on Friday.

All dogs at the Humane Society will be receiving "freedom burgers" from McDonald's, donated by a local family that wishes to remain anonymous.

The noble gesture is a tribute to the memory and goodwill of the late Jeff Nix, a 42-year-old Kansas resident who died recently in an automobile crash in Colorado. Nix was killed while delivering a rescue dog to a new home.

Nix was known worldwide for his animal care advocacy, specifically involving boxers.

Each time Nix would rescue a dog, he would take it through a McDonald's for what he called a "freedom burger."

Caroline Veihl, a spokesman for the Quincy Humane Society, said she was aware of numerous "freedom burger" tributes to Nix involving humane societies and dog-rescue operations all across the country.

"Jeff Nix was from Kansas, but would drive all over the United States rescuing, re-homing and treating Boxer dogs in need," Veihl said. "His family said he died doing what he loved."

That is a sizable understatement.

Nix's efforts caught the attention of dog lovers around the world, Tributes have rolled in from Australia to the United Kingdom.

Here's a sampling of those kind words directed toward this kind man and his family:

º "Jeff was a man of love, compassion and kindness ... His legacy will live on through (his family) and the thousands of lives he inspired with the simple act(s) of kindness." -- Chattanooga, Tenn.

º "You were a truly wonderful amazing person with a heart of gold." -- Flowery Branch, Ga.

º "My heart is heavy. Jeff left his mark on so many people all over the world. A truly amazing person and a huge loss to all." -- Staten Island, N.Y.

º "He was an amazing man." -- Park Rapids, Minn.

º "When we heard the tragic news it broke our hearts that such a great man could be taken so soon ... He's now greeting all those fur babies who are crossing over the rainbow bridge." -- Appleton City, Mo. paid a special tribute to Nix, one that I readily admit brought a tear to my own eye. The only two dogs I have ever had were both rescue dogs, so I had great empathy for Nix and his cause.

"Money was never an issue for him, he saved dogs all on his own dime," praised. "He never cared about the cost, or how far the drive ... he had a purpose, a meaning, Jeff was a true-to-life person doing everything he could to save these pained dogs.

"This man made a valiant impact on thousands of us ... He has shown us the kind of person we all strive to be. He has changed our lives for the better and we are going to miss him dearly."

Rest in peace, Jeff Nix. You were a true hero, and you will assuredly never be forgotten.