Kyle Wayne DinkhellerLaurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller
I played the bagpipes for Kyle's funeral. His was the fourth public safety funeral I had played for. I've played for 26 other police officers, sheriff's deputys and fireman since then, but his was one of the hardest to play for. It was the first one where I heard the final radio call on the radio net. I knew how Kyle was murdered but I had not seen the video from his car until this morning. It left me speechless. While I watched it, I was screaming in my mind, "Kyle Shoot, Shoot". We know he didn't. Kyle, I will always remember that cold rainy day in January, when we paid our final honor to you. I will always remember you. So I never forget, I have your Department patch on my wall with your name underneath it. It is a reminder to me and to others in our Department of the ultimate sacrifice you made. I will remember you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you and Angela and your two babies. Rest in Peace Brother.
Sgt Matt Freeman
Roswell Police Department (GA)
December 24, 2005
I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF DEPUTY DINKHELLER. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY, FRIEND AND CO-WORKERS. IT HAS BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE THE INCIDENT, BUT NOTHING CAN TAKE AWAY THE PAIN AND I AM SORRY FOR THAT. MAY GOD WATCH OVER HIS REMAINING FAMILY.
PATROLMAN CHAD MULLEN
HORNELL CITY PD, NY
December 21, 2005
I had annual refresher training yesterday and we watched the video of Deputy Dinkhellers murder. It was very hard to watch!! We had a training scenario based on his encounter earlier in the day. I know practicing to defeat that attack and watching how he responded will help us out a great deal. Kyle, I never knew you but I know you are missed and will never be forgotten!!!
Officer Bill Clock
Ann Arbor, MI Police Dept.
December 16, 2005
This video of your ultimate sacrifice is a shocking reminder of how deadly our profession is. I'm going to use your story in a training session at roll call so that others will learn from this stark reality. Rest in peace.
Sgt. David Covely
December 13, 2005
The world we live in is full of pure evil. Only GOD knows what lies ahead for our future and how we will pass on. I know there is a purpose for everything even in this tragedy as hard as it may seem. One day we will all be judged for our actions on earth and the pure evil filth that slay you will be met by his maker. As for your family it sadens me as a husband and father to know that you are not here anymore to take care of yours. May God Bless your soul and look over your family as you rest.
In Christs Love.
December 12, 2005
I just saw this video via a PoliceOne email link. It was one of the more disturbing videos relating to our job that I've seen in a while.
Rest in peace, brother. At least I know you're now in a place where you will feel no more pain and sorrow.
Officer R. Law
Burbank Airport Police Department
December 10, 2005
MAY GOD BEST BLESS DEPUTY DINKHELLER FAMILY AND FRIENDS HE'S GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN SLEEP ON OUR BOTHER ///
DEPUTY WILLIE MITCHELL
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
December 8, 2005
I would like to echo my deepest sympathy to Kyle's family. Undoubtedly this was a horrific event that unfolded on Kyle's car camera. Watching it truly turned my stomach and left me wishing for a chance for Kyle's survival. But as police officers, we do our part vigorously to make a difference in assuring the safety citizens. Unfortunately in some cases it requires our lives.
May God continue to bless Kyle’s family and provide them with comfort as we continue to live with this horrific event.
Deputy Keith White
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
December 7, 2005
Wow. I saw this video on a website just a few days ago. I am so, so sorry that you and your family had to suffer such unimaginable loss. The screams and the gunfire I heard have left me in a great depression this evening and sometimes I wonder why you had to suffer so much in the line of duty.
I can imagine what it must have looked like, smelled like that day, but for guys like me, I will never know what it is like to KNOW what that kind of situation is like. I would like to thank you and your family for laying down such a costly price for the sake of the public's safety. It is officer's like yourselves that truly display rigorous courage under fire and define the meaning of the word hero.
May your family, fellow officers and department know that your sacrifice most likely saved more lives. The maniac that gunned you down could have easily killed over and over again. Your courage and your duty saved many lives.
Although the physical pain you suffered was terrible, the amount of friends, officers and civilians that love, respect and honor you daily at least lessen's the burdens you and your family have suffered. May the sacrifices you have borne not go in vain, nor be forgotten by the very people you protected that fateful day.
With the most sincere condolences to you, your department and your family..
December 6, 2005
The video of the terrible death of Deputy Dinkheller made its way to our Department. There are no words to describe the feeling that goes thru the senses of a police officers when they see the events unfold. My hope is that this video get played for all officers and learn the lessons it provides.
God bless Deputy Dinkheller and his family.
Chief of police
Yakima Police Department
December 3, 2005
Kyle's memory lives on, as a reminder for every peace officer to be safe and stay sharp.
One of my sergeants played Kyle's video in briefing not long ago, and it was incredibly disturbing for me.
Like many officers out there, they may have a photo of their spouse and/or children in their locker. I keep a photo of my wife and I on the inner side of my locker door. Every day I get ready for patrol, I touch the photo before shutting my locker. The last thing I do before hitting my "10-8" button in the patrol car is kiss my wedding ring, as a pact with my wife to come home every night. Life is precious and ever so delicate.
May Kyle's life serve as beacon for law enforcement officers everywhere.
Be safe out there!
Orange County, CA
Ofc. Dave Herrera #1514
Brea PD (Orange County, CA)
December 1, 2005
Having watched the video of this incident for the first time I must say that I am numb. Seeing a brother officer gunned down this way truly leaves me speechless. I can only hope that we all take something out of this experience that may someday save one of our lives. Dep. Dinkheller you should know that you did not die in vain. I know that you are in a better place now. May God watch over your family and may the suspect that did this to you rot in hell.
Det. Brian Connolly
White Plains NY PD
November 28, 2005
The video from that fateful day was shown in the academy I recently graduated from and I must say I've never seen a video that could silence a room of 70 grown men and women.It had each and every one of us in tears by the time it ended and we could only sit in silence afterwards.I was in total and complete shock during the video and my body was literally numb watching it.The perp that did this was truly a coward underneath it all,because only a coward could and would kill like he did.My thoughts and prayers,along with the Arkoma POlice Department, go out to the Deputy Dinkheller family,your husband and father was a TRUE hero.He lived the worse nightmare that any of us could face and now he is in heaven watching over all of us and watching our back so we may go home to our loved ones.Deputy Dinkheller,your working a much nicer beat and I know in the end all of us will be with you in heaven.May you rest in peace and continue watching over us all.
Patrolman Daniel New
Arkoma Police Department
November 27, 2005
MAY GOD BE WITH THIS FINE OFFICER AND HIS FAMILY ALWAYS ANYONE WHO READS THIS POST PLEASE SAY A PRAYER NOW.I HAD SEEN THE VIDIO AND COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES OF WHAT HAD TRANSPIRED BETWEEN THE P.O.AND THIS FILTHY MO---R F---ING ANIMAL WHO SHOULD BE SLOWLY TORTURED BEFORE BEING PUT TO DEATH!!!
November 24, 2005
Talk about a hero. He could have easily have shot the suspect earlier on and saved his own life. But he wanted to gave him a chance and kept on trying to get that cowardless sad excuse of a human to cooperate. God bless Deputy Dinkheller and his family. We all owe such individuals who risk everything to keep us safe. They ought to add his name in Webster's dictionary as a synonym for the word hero.
November 23, 2005
Rest in peace, may the coward who shot you down suffer every day.
Police Constable Phil King
Metropolitan Police Service
November 23, 2005
New York remembers... God Bless the Dinkheller family..
Detective Miguel Rivera
NYPD, Hate Crime Task Force
November 17, 2005
I just watched the "In the Line of Fire" video covering your heinous murder during a training class and it was truly heartbreaking. Even more so, now that I've read your memorial. May you and God watch over your child and wife. Let it be known that you did not die in vain and that maybe the life of trooper or police officer may be saved one day in the line of duty b/c he or she learned a valuable lesson, whatever that may be, from your incident. RIP and Godspeed, brother.
NJ State Trooper
November 16, 2005
Deputy Dinkheller may your death not be in vain, as I look at your video today Nov 15, 2005 it brings to heart what our job is about. And what could happen to any of us as we protect our fellow citizens from those who have no reguard for the law. Brother we will hold the thin BLUE LINE and you will not have gone on for nothing.
Master Deputy Bernie Young
Union County Sheriff's Office, NC
November 15, 2005
To my brother in arms...May god bless you and keep watch over your family. You went up against evil and paid the ultimate price. To that SOB who took your life and dishonored those veterans past present and future... "You are evil. But even the power of evil cannot stand against the power of faith and goodness.(Griffin Jay)" Rest in Peace and watch our backs..
MSGT JOHN CRONIN
105 SFS USAF
November 15, 2005
FIRST I LIKE TO SAY YOUR A TRU HERO IS NOV 11 2005 AND I SAW YOUR TRAGIC DEATH FOR THE FIRST TIME..IT WAS HEARTBREAKING..BUT I MUST SAY IT WAS A GREAT TOOL FOR TRAINING AND I HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO USE.....MAY YOU REST IN PEACE BROTHER YOU WERE TOO YOUNG TO GO....BUT GOD PICKS ONLY THE THE BEST....
CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN
November 12, 2005
I just wanted to say that you are a true hero and you will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace my brother.
Deputy Jimmy Hill
San Saba Co. Sheriff's Office
November 11, 2005
there is nothing to say that would comfort anyone after seeing this unwarranted act. rest in peace and thanks for your bravery and will to end the confrontation peacefully....R.I.P. deputy
Jarrod youngstown ohio
November 10, 2005
May you rest in peace brother.....you will NEVER be forgotten. My deepest sympathies go to your family. They know that you are a true hero and you will be remembered that way.
Officer Danny Rhodes
Tampa Police Department
November 8, 2005
No words can repeat what has already been said so eloquently by the past posts. Although this was a tragic event, Kyle will live forever in our training. We never know what we would do in a split second. I praise him for trying to talk the guy down, and it cost him his life.
A personal note, Kyle you are patroling the streets in heaven, thanks buddy. You went far and beyond the call of duty, and we will all be instructed by your video. You will live on.
No greater love or deed is done, but to give your life for another.
SGT Jason R. Tyson
Wilmington Police Dept. Wilmington NC
November 8, 2005
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