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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


I was both shocked and mortified by what I saw. The brutal and senseless act of violence committed against Deputy Dinkheller was an absolute tragedy.

My heart goes out to the family of Deputy Dinkheller for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers and offer only this for the surviving family, friends and peers of Deputy DinkHeller to ponder.

The noblest revenge is to forgive ~ Thomas Fuller

I know that this might seem easy for me to say, as I did not lose a spouse, son, sibling, friend or co-worker. But I know that if you cannot forgive, the hatered and fear will consume all aspects of your life.

Take control and refuse to be victimized for the rest of your and let the judging be done by the hand of God. Only then will true justice prevail.

God bless all of you. My heart and prayers go with you as you continue to cope with your loss.

Steven Surbaugh
September 3, 2005

I am very sadden by this video and I give my prayers to officer Dinkheller and his family.

Son of a New York ex-esu officer
September 3, 2005

I just came across the video of this tragedy and am deeply saddened by not only the sad state of this world, but the loss of a young life. Kids, you want a hero to look up to? Look no further than Deputy Dinkheller. God bless your family and may you rest in eternal peace. You sir, Are what Heroes are made of.

Curtis Keller
September 2, 2005

Just saw the video of your last moments of life. Thank you for your sacrifice, and rest in peace. I'm so sad for your family, and I hope they can take some comfort knowing that you died to protect others from this deranged individual. I didn't know of you before today, but now your name will never leave me. God bless you Officer Dinkheller.

B Huff
September 2, 2005

sorry for your loss,words cant totally discribe what to say.
how can police protect & serve from crazy people,in my mind nobody needs a gun. If the crazy people had no guns,every body goes home unharmed including them.
there should by a web-site where you can inconfidence,inform police if you know anyone good or bad,so the police can retrieve guns.
thats all we can do now for deputy Kyle Dinkheller, rest in piece Craig from u.k

Mr.C Clarke.
September 2, 2005

To the Dinkheller family:

I am truly sorry for your loss.

William Proffitt
September 1, 2005

My simple wish is to extend to the Dinkheller family my sincerest condolences for their loss.

With the graphic details of his passing in my mind, I conclude that Mr. Kyle Dinkheller was not a victim, but a hero. For standing his ground a predatory individual was stopped, and greater harm possibly averted.

May he rest in peace.

September 1, 2005

May God be with those who have suffered through this tragic loss. My heart goes out to those of you who were close to this Deputy. He passed away doing his service and through a just cause. God Bless the men and women who are like Deputy Dinkheller.

Adam Upton (future LEO)
Raleigh PD
September 1, 2005

Such a senseless killing. I'm a Viet Nam Vet myself. This guy gives us all a bad name. I hope he dies and goes to hell for what he did to that officer. We went over there to protect you guys overhere. We came back from over there to let you guys protect us over here. Please don't think that all Vets are like the nut Officer Dinkheller encountered that night. I do appreciate all that you guys to keep us safe from the fruitcakes. May God bless you all.

James Lett
September 1, 2005

Having read many of the reflections on this page, I am sure you will be able to rest in peace knowing that the next generation my learn lessons from your sacrifice.

My deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

Rest in peace brother.

Police Constable
Metropolitan Police - London UK
September 1, 2005

God bless this fine young officer. He, as others who have given thier lives in the line of duty, will never be forgotten.

Officer Robert Hill
September 1, 2005

I just viewed the video on a site, needless to say, I'm heart broken. I appreciate cops more each time I read about things like this. My heart goes out to the family.

Deputy Dinkheller, you're my hero.

Mike Basciano
September 1, 2005

I just happen to come across this video on the internet. I’ve seen many terrible things but as of now I was never so horrified by such a tragedy as yours. My uncle is a retired state trooper and has always been very respected by me; now I have a new found respect for what he and all other officers and law enforcers have to go through. These people put their lives on the line for US! The people and to see them treated like this will give me many sleepless nights. I have FULL respect for laws in this country and for those who have chosen to enforce them.

Praise to your family and your friends I know now I’ll always remember you in my mind and have a recharged respect towards those who serve and protect.

James Newman
Principal Bank
August 31, 2005

Deputy Dinkheller,
I am the brother of a Deputy Sheriff in Bucks Co. Pensylvannia. I recently saw the video of this senseless act of a coward. As I heard your final screams of pain my heart felt like it stopped beating and tears poured from my eyes. I pray for your family and for your peace. No thanks could be enough for the sacrifice you and your family have made for the protection of all. But thanks and God Bless you and your family.

Harry Mitchell
August 31, 2005

I want to wholeheartedly thank the brave souls who rid our streets of the human garbage ('take out the trash'). Timely shot placement was the missing component here during a few misused tenths of seconds. The video was shocking and greatly increases my respect for the challenges faced by law enforcement. Now, my hope is that justice will FINALLY be served. Thank you for your service!!!, Officer Dinkheller.

August 31, 2005

I have recently seen the video of Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller's last moments in life. I was deeply torn and hurt by this video; witnessing a good man go down like this. I wish to offer my condolences to his family and son. I am only 18, but I am thinking of becoming a law enforcing officer. This video has only made me strive harder to reach my goals and stop the madness that takes other people's liberties away.

August 30, 2005

I learned of the loss of this brave officer during training at the acadamy. I viewed the tape and I am very happy to know that justice was served on the coward that committed this crime.
You are forever in my prayers. Rest easy brother.

Officer Harden
Hanover Park Police Department
August 29, 2005


August 27, 2005

I watched the in car video of the incident yesterday and i couldn´t sleep lastnight at all.What a terrible tragedy!I didn´t know Kyle but I wish i could have been there to back him up.He truly is a hero and his memory will stay alive everywhere in the world.I´m from Finland and also a brother in blue." Vahtivuoro on nyt meidän" as we say in Finland.The watch is our´s now, rest in peace Kyle.

Brother in blue from Finland

August 27, 2005


August 17, 2005

I sat in In-Service training today and watched the tragic day that ended the life of a great deputy. To the family I want to say thank you for allowing we(Law Enforcement) to learn from this. I can promise you Deputy Dinkheller that by your lose you have helped to save countless others and that is a true HERO. Thank you.

Patrol Deputy
Wake County Sheriff's Office
August 17, 2005

Kyle- It is hard to express what I feel about your death. I have shared your tragic experience in our academy, in hope to educate our officers to the realities of our job. You and your family are thought of and prayed for very often. I know there is one more angel shining down from heaven... and he wears a badge. Watch out for us.

Angela- as a police officer, the wife of police officer, and a mom... my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family often. May God Bless you and your children.

To Kyle's parents... You have suffered a parent's greatest fear. I am sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. I hope you will see Kyle, through the eyes of your grandchildren.

No one loved, is ever lost. They remain part of us. They live in us. Kyle was very loved; this is evident from his memorial.

God Bless you all.

Sergeant Mary J. Palka, instructor
August 4, 2005

Kyle & Family,

I recently saw your video while in my Police Academy. It hurt in a very deep way. Your death will not be in vain. The video I know has saved countless lives and will do so for decades to come. I thank you for your sacrifice and I pray for your family that the Lord will give them peace and comfort. At the end of the program it said that you had received Christ 2 weeks prior to the shooting. Heaven rejoiced as you were called home. Watch over us as we will strive to be the professional that you were.

Your Brother in Christ

POC Davis
Rockville PD
July 30, 2005

I've known about the Officer Down Memorial Page for many years, but not until now have I felt compelled to leave a reflection. Today, as I scrolled through the many names..names of people I knew, my husband knew and those who I wish I had known, it made me sit back and think about how my husband could be one of those very people. As he goes to do the job he loves, his life is put on the line and I am forever in danger of losing the love of my life. For those like you, Kyle, who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who may have to face it one day, thank you for what you have done for us...thank you to all those who go out every day and every night to face the unknown for our protection. Friend, because of your sacrifice and the video which reflects it, many officers may live to come home to the families that love them. May God bless your precious family while you watch over them from above.

A Deputy's Wife
July 25, 2005

As I watch the video that you unwillingly left us, my mind screams for you to prevail. I wish I could have been there to help in some way. The lessons learned from your incident without question have saved many officers lives. Be proud of that!
Rest in peace brother.
And, THANK YOU for having such a big heart and for giving so many officers a the second chance at a life that you were robbed of.

Rockmart P.D.
July 17, 2005


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