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Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller | Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia


Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
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Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller


God be with you my friend. It was totally unnessary what happened. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I will admire your bravery always.

Scott of Goshen,In
October 27, 2005

God be with you my friend. It was totally unnessary what happened. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I will admire your bravery always.

Scott of Goshen,In
October 27, 2005

its such a sad thing to see an officer gunned down like that. As a former police officer for the NYPD ive seen my fair share of greusome acts but that was beyond inhumane. My prayers are with his family.

SGT Lamboy
October 27, 2005

I watched this video at a training class the past week and just wanted to say that is the most horrible thing I have ever seen. I can't imagine the pain the family must feel. Sorry for the loss.

Russell PD
October 26, 2005

My condolences and appreciation that this man sacrificed his life for the well being of others. He is surely looking out for us from heaven.

some guy named Vince
October 26, 2005

Information and video are being circulated across the internet and attention is being brought to the situation. What happened was terrible, and several people are praying for the family left behind. God Bless.
- Nashville, TN

Brandon S.
October 26, 2005

I have just recently watched the video for the first time. As I watched, it was apparent to me Deputy Dinkheller was doing everything in his power to talk the enraged man down. Unfortunetly the man had other intentions. Deputy Dinkheller gave the ultimate sacrifice and his life on earth came to a horrific end. It is a tragic event we see all to often. Deputy Dinkheller, from up above, please watch out for us on the streets of hell.
To the Dinkheller family. I cannot begin to imagine the hardships you have faced and the ones still yet to come. I would like to tell you Deputy Dinkheller is a true HERO and left this earth all to soon but did so doing what he loved......Protecting citizens he didn't even know. My heart goes out to the family and wishes you well. Please tell the children their daddy and brother in blue is and always will be a true HERO.

Detective Scott Holt
Waco Police Department Waco, Tx.
October 25, 2005

My boyfriend was shown the terrifying tape of your sacrifice when he first began his law enforcement career. I came across it the other day not knowing what I was watching. I cannot articulate the overwhelming sadness that rushed through my body. So many citizens do not understand how a simple traffic stop can turn into a deadly incident... It seems so shallow to call your death an incident or a scene... Thank you for your sacrifice...thank you for the work you did while you were still here. I know you're having fun in heaven! God Bless your family and friends and everyone close to you as well as around that nation that felt the pain of your sacrifice.

LEO Loved One
October 22, 2005

I know I've previously left a reflection here...but I can no longer find it. As I read through the reflections I can see the tape of your last minutes on this Earth running through my head. I have sat here at my computer just sobbing for the past 15 or 20 minutes...and I never even knew you, Deputy Dinkheller.

I lived in Dublin during the time you were taken from us. I remember coming home from college and seeing all your co-workers swarmed all over the Interstate trying to find the "man" who took you from us. At the time I had absolutely NO CLUE that I would end up doing what I do now...it never hit me then what a tragedy this was. I guess I never really thought about the sacrifice officers make...I didn't know any cops and I guess it didn't affect me. Thankfully I've grown a lot since then.

A few years ago we watched the tape from that fateful day in briefing before we headed into the dispatch center. God, I'm tearing up again just thinking about it. It was, hands down, the most awful thing I've ever seen in my life. Watching the tape I just felt so hopeless. It was several weeks before I got the sounds from that tape out of my head. Words cannot even begin to explain the emotions I feel when I think about the events that took place that day and what I saw on that tape. I have tried many times to decide what I would do if ever faced w/ having to watch that tape again in a class or briefing. I would like to say I could be strong and watch it again...but I honestly think I would have to excuse myself.

You have touched so many people's lives, Deputy Dinkheller...I have confidence that you know this. Keep an eye out for my guys, will ya...they need all the angels they can get on their side!

With much love and admiration,

A 911 Dispatcher
Houston County Sheriff's Department
October 22, 2005

After seeing the video of this officer being murdered my wife and reflected on what had taken place. I have never seen something like this and it will forever effecte me and has given me vision to see what police officer's protect us from and what they put on the line. I am of the same age and have children the same age. My prayers are with his family. RIP

Zach San Antonio, TX
October 21, 2005

God bless Deputy, and may he hold you loved ones dearly in his hands.

Supervising Criminalist
San Francsico Police Department
October 19, 2005

I came across the in car cam recording of this incident. When I was viewing it i was shaking. I've been invovled in a shooting and know how scarey they are. I respect his bravery and his sacrifice.
My best to all of you in Laurens County

Sheriff's Officer Bruce A. Miller
Hudson County Sheriff's Office (Patrol Division)
October 19, 2005

I have been a Police officer for the past 22 years and as hard as it was to watch a brother officer loose his life to some human garbadge we as Police officer who do this job every day only know what may happen during our tour of duty. It makes me angry when we are judged by the general public due to a lack of understanding of what we do and what we see on a dailey basis there are no gurarantee that we will come home after our shift is over. To all my fellow officers be safe and rely on your training and back your fellow officers up as we can only depend on each other so we can go home to our loved ones.

Police Officer/Allen S Giacchetti
Cook County Sheriff's Police
October 17, 2005

After watching your video I spent a lot of time reflecting. What a price this family had to pay for all of us to realize just what an officer and his family has to always endure and the ultimate sacrifice they must sometimes make. Please let this officer's death not be in vain. People please use this as a tool to be a little more understanding the next time you are faced with a seemingly unpleasant officer. These men and women do nothing but give in order to try to protect you, your family, society and the wonderful life that we have all grown accustomed to - no wonder that at times they may appear to be "cold" or perhaps even bitter. I challenge any one of you put in this Officer's shoes to act as unselfish, calm and generous as this man did. I fear that many of us would not have used the patience and restraint that he did. Talk about giving someone the benefit of the doubt this insane person was given every possible benefit. The ultimate price for this Officer's generosity was his own death. To the family my heart just bleeds for you - but your husband's/father's legacy will continue to walk with you every day of your life. You should be so very proud of this hero you were blessed with. To his fellow Officer's let this keep you on your toes but do not allow it to cause you to forget what this Officer stood for and the person that he obviously was. To all...remember to tell your loved ones all the time how very important they are to you and ... stay safe during the night and during your watches! I am not a police offier or a member of any kind of law enforcement but I am the daughter of a policeman and will always remain very proud of my Dad and all of his fellow Brothers/Officer's! Bless you all!

Chicago, Il
October 17, 2005

Thank-You for giving of yourself to protect us.

October 17, 2005

Sacrifice is said to be the Highest form of Love for your Fellow~man.Police Officers are just plain Men & Women doing what they can to keep Society safe & secure.REMEMBER An Army can Retreat, Police can not leave a Scene.We do not get paid for what we do , only what we may have to do. Sleep well my Brave Officer,Love & Respect your bed covers till we join you.

Camden Police
October 14, 2005

This is truly a sad and cruel moment for the Family of Deputy Dinkheller. There are no words that can express what transpired during this Traffic Stop. The suspect was afforded every opportunity to cease and desist but his choice was to take his animosity and hate out on someone that had never done anything to him. This man has to be the ultimate fruitcake.

Lt. Roger Turcotte
Stoddard NH Police Dept
October 14, 2005

After watching this video, it opened my eyes and reminded me anything can happen when you are working in the streets and always to be ready.

My heart and soul goes out to Deputy Dinkeheller and his family as well as any other officer who is associated with him. God bless and lets hope every one of us in law enforcement stay safe.

Ofc. Ken Gautschi
Sandusky Police Department (OHIO)
October 14, 2005


October 13, 2005

Words can not express how I felt after seeing the video.. I would like to offer my condolences to Deputy Kyle Ddinkheller's family. Heros are not forgotten!! Whenever police officers put on their uniform they are putting their life on the line... My respect goes out to all Law enforcement officers. God Bless Hero!!!!!!

David Trask
Australian Sec
October 12, 2005

God bless you brother. You are a true hero. It is a sad loss of a hero. May the guilty scumbag who took your life be punished in our life, and in the next one.

We Russian Rapid Deployment Officers are with you brother!


OMSN (Russian Internal Affairs)
October 11, 2005

Saw your video. HERO's are FOREVER! You are truly a HERO!!!! The heavens above got you way too early. Rest in Peace!

October 10, 2005

You are a brave hero. May you rest in peace my friend...

Officer Justin M. Cripe
Evergreen State College Police Department
October 9, 2005

Brother, I saw your video and it tore me up. I wish the outcome would have been different and you would have overcome. May you rest in peace.
To your family I say Kyle gave everything on that roadway. He did not want to hurt the man and afforded him every possible opportunity to surrender peacefully. That individual took advantage of Kyle and using his veteran experiance ended this young man's life. Kyle was a peace maker and continues to serve on the roadways of heaven. This is not the end and you will see him again. May God keep you and give you the blessed assurance that one day you will all be together.
God Bless each and everyone of you, Peace.

Sergeant Richard Gonzalez
Dover Police Department New Jersey
October 8, 2005

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ
October 8, 2005


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