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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


Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller made the ultimate sacrifice... his unfortunate experience will serve to remind officers like myself to stay on their toes and always expect the unexpected. May God bless Deputy Dinkheller and his family... and may He damn the bastard who took his life.

Patrolman/Field Training Officer
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
September 29, 2005

Rest in Peace officer.. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Mark Hills - England

Mark Hills
September 28, 2005

I have just watched the video, and i'm appauled. my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. It doesnt matter what war you have fought in, you will never have an excuse to take someones life.

Rest in Peace officer Dinkheller,

Mark Hills
September 28, 2005

I saw this video a couple days ago and it keeps running through my head over and over again. It sickens my soul to see a human being suffer the way Deputy Dinkheller did. Godbless his soul, his kids, his wife and all of his family. He died doing what he loved, to protect and serve. Evil cut that job short. But you will be remembered.

Brandon B.
September 28, 2005

I have been in law enforcement for seven years and have experienced all different types of dangerous situations, except the one Deputy Dinkheller faced. We as Police Officers could face this situation at any time. I just wanted to say that as an Officer, it breaks my heart to see a fellow Officer killed ( in any manner) by a selfish and cold hearted person. I truely salute and honnor Deputy Dinkheller and I know he has many crowns with GOD. GOD says blessed are the peace keepers and he is with us every day. To Deputy Dinkheller's family my prayers are with you and the department he served for. It is truely an honnor to know that there are Officers like Kyle that represent the profession. May GOD bless you all and all Police Officers.

J.D. Green, Patrolman
Manvel Police Department, Texas
September 25, 2005

God bless you and your family Kyle. I am sorry that one of your learning curves killed you. Like all of us, you wanted to believe in the basic goodness of the human soul. That piece of sh*t who killed you is not representative of us combat vets as a whole. We turn our backs on him. He turned his back on the very principles he was taught as a recruit. I truly wish that he had been killed in Vietnam. But I guess that would have made him a "hero". We are human, and are a mix of all walks of society. Most of us find honor in the path of our chosen profession. Some find an excuse for acting out hidden obscenities. Rest well in the knowledge that those who died in honor will forever turn their backs on scum like this. When I get to heaven I hope I will share a table with you, and the men like you. Rest well, warrior. You are not forgotten.

SFC @sshole

September 25, 2005

Vahalla is full of folks like you we salute you

September 25, 2005


I was surfing the web this 2005 evening and on a page with links to various videos was the cruiser security camera recording of Deputy Dinkheller's fatal encounter in 1998. I did a search for his name and came to this page.

I'm neither American nor a police officer, so forgive me if my comments seem out of place. No one deserves to die in such a manner. No one.

No one important
September 23, 2005

We are currently a month away from graduating the police academy and each day, an instructor stresses to us that in the end, nothing is as important then coming home at the end of our shift. Deputy Dinkheller's life was snatched away from him for reason; however, he was not killed in vein. I believe everything happens for a reason, and because of Deputy Dinkheller sacrifice, the video will undoubtedly save officer's lives. Our class, the 79th will certainly become better officers because of it. God bless the Dinkheller family, I am so sorry for your loss.

May the pukes of this world rot in hell.

Anonymous, Recruit
Police Academy
September 23, 2005

This is a very brave man. I hope that the members of the community which he served truly appreciate his commitment and sacrifice to their safety. Every coworker and family member can be most proud to know that Deputy Dinkheller's actions were a true testament of his character. I salute you for your bravery. May you rest in peace in a special place. May your bravery, commitment and sacrifice never be forgotten! My condolences to all of your family and coworkers.

Pennsylvania State Police
September 23, 2005

I was browsing a police bulletin board the other day and saw this video.I am so so sorry what happened to this young officer,it really really was sickening and im sitting here feeling ill after watching it.
May god rest his soul and my sincere condolences to his family.Im so so sorry.

Peter Healy
Metropolitan police London
September 23, 2005

I'm a seven year veteran and a current SWAT member at my department. I saw the video of Kyle's death in training one year ago. I got so mad when I saw it and my prayers go out to the Dinkheller family. I would just like to say thanks to the Dinkheller family for letting the video to be used for training for current officers. It made me and my fellow officers take every traffic stop as serious and not routine. I know it has been seven years since Kyle has passed but his memory lives on in the police community accross the country. Thank you Kyle you will never be forgotton.

Officer Christian Emert
Livonia Police Department
September 22, 2005

My New Watch

I began my new watch today and everything’s going fine.
I just wanted to let you know that I would be checking in on you from time to time.

It’s really different here, but in a good way,
Although the change was sudden, rest assured there is nowhere else I’d rather stay.

I work with a crew of true heroes, who always do their best,
They always do their part, and watch over all the rest.

I can’t change what happened on that fateful night
But remember that I will forever continue to fight.

Please tell my family I love them and I’m with them all the time.
Help my wife when I can’t and give a kiss to that sweet child of mine.

I walk a new beat that seems so far away
But you can reach me, and I’ll back you up, you only have to pray.

I have to go now for there’s a rookie on the street.
I have to do my part, for it’s not his time to walk this special beat.

In memory of all our fallen brother’s and sisters of Law Enforcement

D/S T. Arnold 416

In closing your video and last moments have touched and I am certain saved lives, You will always be remembered as a hero. Keep us safe and watch us while we work.

Deputy Tim K Arnold
Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept. GA
September 21, 2005

Rest in peace, Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller. Although many may not understand the sacrifices you have made, they will still forever be greatly appreciated and remembered.

Jason Cruz
September 20, 2005

It has been 7 years since this officer was taken from this world. I am around the same age he would have been, and I have been trying for many years to get into law enforcement. I have recently come across this video on the open interenet, and I am very moved. It has not changed my mind in the least about my career choice.

Rest in peace.

0650 HRS

Douglasville, Ga
September 19, 2005

I saw the footage from the dash camera last night at work, and I was stunned. I thought I'd experienced about everything after 18 years as a police officer, but watching that reminded me that I have not. Seeing first hand what happened to you has definitely shaken me out of any complacency I may have picked up along the way. God bless your wife, son, family, and coworkers, and know that you will be riding with me as I go out on patrol every night.

Officer Shawn Godfrey
Richmond, Va. Police Dept.
September 18, 2005

I saw the video from the dash cam for the first time during FATS training this week. I have 15 years on the job and thought I was hardened to much of what I see, however I was moved. The college that supplied the FATS machine for our training had re-enacted this scenario to train officers. I learned from it and I know our officers and I will be a better police officers because of Dep. Dinkhellers sacrifice.

Sgt. Doug Hubaker
Northwood Ohio PD
September 17, 2005

I am so sorry that I am writing this so long after Kyle's tragic death but I just saw the video tape of the shooting. My thoughts and prayers for Kyle's family. I was involved in a fatal shooting in San Diego of a robbery suspect with a gun only a few days after Kyle's, and easily could have been killed also. I find a quote from the Gospel of John very comforting; Jesus said, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places, if it was not so I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself. That where I am, there you maybe also."

Patrol officer/ Phil Bozarth
San Diego Police Department
September 16, 2005

On 9/13/05 I watched the dash cam video of this cold blooded murder of a hero. Words cannot describe the emotions that I felt after viewing this. May God bless your family for your sacrifice. My thanks goes out to your family for allowing this video to be used as a training tool for new and veteran peace officers, it will save countless lives.

May God be with you,

Sheriff Mark Gower
Iron County Sheriff's Office
Cedar City, Utah.

Sheriff Mark Gower
Iron County Sheriff's Office
September 14, 2005

This is the first time I have seen the video of Deputy Dinkheller's murder. I'm sure I'm one of thousands of volunteers to personally put the needle in that scumbag's arm on death row. My condolences to the family and the Laurens County Sheriff's Dept.

Sgt. Kevin Harford
September 14, 2005

God bless you for your service. Most don't think about the evil that would overwhelm all of society were it not fro brave heroes like you.

Your family I know must feel aside from sadness the pride in knowing that in your short time on Earth, you did more as a force for good than most ever will.

Thank you Sir.

Tim E.
Former Deputy Sheriff
September 14, 2005

I have a 28 month old daughter and we are awaiting the birth of our son on October 4, 2005. Your story will always stay with me.... Although your watch has ended, may your memory live on in all of us; and by doing so, protect us as we continue to serve.

May God bless the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.....Matthew 5:9

Pennsylvania State Police
September 13, 2005

There really is no more noble job then that of a public servent who puts his/her life on the line every time they roll out. I feel for all officers out there and especially the family of Deputy Dinheller. I know he did not die in vain and that lessons were learned from this for other officers in the future.

Michael D. Authier
September 12, 2005

i saw this video and it is so sad that people can actually do this without any emotions. it is so sad that the world has gone this way. my best wishes to his family and partners

September 12, 2005

After recently watching the video I am taken back. My condolences to the deputies family and I feel lucky to be a citizen with people like himself willing to put their lives on the line to protect us from people like that. A prayer has been said.

September 12, 2005


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