Kyle Wayne DinkhellerLaurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller
Kyle and Family,
I viewed your video again last night. I use the video in roll call training for all new officers that come to my shift no matter how much experience they have as an officer. Their reaction is always the same as mine is every time I view the tape, absolute silent, shock. and sadness. It is the most powerful video I have seen in my 12 years of law enforcement. As a Swat team leader and firearms-use of force instructor, I take every opportunity to show the video as a valuable training tool. Any officer who views this tape will never, never be the same. I will never be the same after viewing this tape.
I would like to thank your family and fellow officers for making this video available to other officers. It must have taken tremendous courage to allow this terrible, tragic incident to be made public but I have no doubt it is SAVING LIVES! It is obvious where Kyle got his courage. God bless, you will never be forgotten!
Sgt. Jerry Bonsall
Voorhees Twp. Police, NJ
March 10, 2004
My, condolences to the family of Deputy Dinkheller. I have viewed the in car video of this tradjic death during training and I hope the suspect is dead by now in jail.....
Deputy Brian Sudbrink
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Fla
February 20, 2004
Today seemed like any other normal day.. We had training as usual which is required in order to join this brotherhood of Police Officers across the country. At least i assumed it would be.
That all changed when we watch your last call Kyle... My heart literally sank, my throat clogged, i could feel your pain, your will to survive, making every effort to sustain your life... All because of a simple speeding ticket... I sit here now, fighting back tears because i dont understand why. Why something like that had to happen to someone.. How someone can be so insane, so heartless as that murder was.
I am 22 years old also, and have two little boys of my own. I cant imagine not being able to be there for them... You gave your life doing what you loved, serving the community. I honor you... I think we can all learn alot from this tragic event and keep the memory of you alive forever.
It just really hurts to know that you have to leave in order for us to understand the true danger out there.
I really dont know what else to say, i just wanted to let you and your family know, every stop that i make, every time i put on my uniform, everytime i look at my family and the life i have chosen i will think of you.
Officer J. B. Caddis
Tuscaloosa City Police Department
February 4, 2004
We miss you honey and love you so.
Love Carol Bamonte
November 18, 2003
Today, while in the Central NY Police Academy, we watched that tragic video of that terrible day"IN THE LINE OF DUTY". I feel so much pain and sorrow for your family and loved ones. We learned some very valuble lessons from the video, and although it sadden and sickend me, it will make me become more aware when i get out there on the street. Rest in peace brother, you will never be forgotton. My prayers go out to your family, and i am glad to hear that sick person is going away for ever.
October 16, 2003
Dink, Every now and then, I show your tape to one of my classes. Although I was'nt there, it still hits me to here you call 10-78. Why couldn't I get there faster? As hard as we try, sometimes the bad guy's get ahead. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY WIN!!!!!!! I think about you all the time. You would be proud to see LCSO ICE TEAM today. They're kicking ass as usual, just as you did. Please look after all our brothers. One day we'll meet again, and tell WAR STORIES. LOVE YA!!!!!!!!
GA. POLICE ACADEMY
September 4, 2003
I did not personally know Kyle, but I felt compelled to write this. I attended a training class and viewed the video that recorded this brave man losing his life. Even till this day I cannot forget what I saw. Kyle valiantly stood his ground and defended what he believed in and proved himself a true hero. I lost a friend and partner in the line of duty some 9 months ago ( Sgt. Dan Jenkins ) and it was captured on video as well, I cannot bring myself to watch. I choose to remember a different image. I take nothing for granted now, but I tend to take time to enjoy the smaller things in life, such as staring at my wife and kids while they are sleeping or stopping by just out of the blue to say hello to my parents. To Kyle's family especially his wife and children, hold your head up proud and may GOD give you all strength, I am so very sorry for your loss. To Kyle's co-workers, remember nothing can take the memories away. And to Kyle, GOD speed brother !
Lt. David Gregory
Camden County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
I know that you do not know me and to tell you the truth I really do not know you either, but I am from Soperton, Ga., just a few miles from Dublin. I heard about that terrible day that you lost your life in the line of duty and it was heart breaking. In my eyes you are a hero. With me really not knowing you at all, I still sit here and cry knowing that some day you will get your reward for being such a brave officer. And I give your wife the upmost respect for being by you every step of the way. You were a brave soul and I pray you got you WINGS. I will keep your family in my prayers.
WELL ITS OVER FOR NOW,THEY HAVE DONE WHAT I WANTED TO THE MAN THAT KILLED YOU. I KNOW THAT DOESNT BRING YOU BACK BUT IT GIVES ME A LITTLE JOY.A DAY DOES NOT GO BY THAT I DONT THINK ABOUT YOU AND WISH YOU WERE HERE TO TALK TO AND SEE YOU WITH YOUR KIDS.I WILL MAKE SURE MY GRANDBABYS WILL ALWAYS KNOW ABOUT THERE DADDY AND MY SON.I WILL DO WHAT EVER I CAN DO TO SEE THAT THIS DOESNT HAPPEN TO ANOTHER OFFICER. KYLE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO AND ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLES HERO TO. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND BE SAFE.
DAD (KIRK DINKHELLER)
Today we wrapped up the two most difficult weeks of our lives. I am sure you were there with us as we sat through the trial and had to listen to all you went through that night. It was hard,in fact intolerable at times, but I stood my ground and tried to be brave just like you were. I hope you are proud. On Friday, January 28th the jury found the man who brutally took you from us GUILTY of murder. On Sunday, January 30th the jury sentenced him to DEATH. Justice prevailed and you did not die in vain. Just like I knew it- you are and will forever be a hero. I suppose now when I tell our children the story of what happened to their daddy it will have a happy ending. I miss you and I love you very much!!! Congratulations baby.
To Angela...My name is Rose Reyes & I live in Brevard County,Florida. One of our Agents daughters had a severe abdominal injury a couple of months back & my husband & I had a huge garage sale to raise money for their family whom are good friends of ours. Someone from your immediate family brought by items for the garage sale & with it a letter you had placed with the items..I wish I had made a copy of that letter now because it was a letter that brought me down to my knees & had me crying like a baby. And for the past couple of months I could not remember your Husbands name & I felt so ashamed..But I know this must be you & I want to thank you so very much for donating those items (especially the bed) in memory of Kyle. The man who brought the items told me the story of your husbands death & it made me physically sick..I also want to add the family who bought the bed received your Letter in " Memory of Kyle" & I never seen such a sight when that grown man weeped for your husband, too..Of course it left me in tears once again..!! I let several Deputies wives read the letter & they cried, too. We all realized it could & can be @ ant time one our husbands..I am glad you have your children to keep his soul alive & this web site to help all of us remember the ULTIMATE gift your husband gave..HIS LIFE...Thank you again for the Donation. May God watch over your family & keep you forever safe & Kyle's memory alive..Rose Reyes..There are some articles on our web page regarding the Agents daughter if you wish to view..God bless you..Just email me if you wish & I will forwarded it to you..The garage sale raised $1,300.00 & the little girl Kimberly is now home…
Carlos & Rose Reyes
Brevard County Sheriffs Office,Florida
Although I just met you only 45 minutes before you made your final stop, I have grown to know you better all the time through your wife. We try to watch out for her until y'all meet again one day. I wish that you were still here but I wish that not all bad comes out of this tragedy that maybe more awareness of our duties will come out. We miss you and look for you to guide us.
Cpl. Steve Drew
Laurens County Sheriff's Department, GA
These mist covered mountains, are home now for me.
But my home is the lowlands and always will be.
Some day you will return to your valleys and your farms,
and you will no longer burn to be brothers in arms.
Through these fields of desrtuction, babtisms of fire Ive
watched your suffering as the battles raged higher.
And though they did hurt me so bad, you did not desert me my brothers in arms. The moon is riding high, let me bid you farewell, everyman
has to die. But its is written in starlight and on every line on your palm, you are fools to make war on our brothers in arms!
We will always be there for you Kyle...always! Your brothers in ARMS!
kyle is my son,and there is not a day that goes by that I dont think about
him.besides him being my son he was my best friend.he loved his job,and his wife and kids,he will be missed by his whole family.i willkeep klye name and memory alive from now and ever.
Although I attended your funeral we never actually knew each other. We are about the same age
with the same time in law enforcement. Im my office hangs news paper clippings of the incident.
I use them as a reminder of what could happen to me, but mostly they remind me of why I still
go out everyday. I am very sorry that I could not help you. Even though I work many miles away
from you I felt guilty for not being there when you needed me the most. My thoughts and the
thoughts of my co-workers often are about you. Watch over us brother, we need the help!
10 - 8!
It has been almost 4 months since I lost my husband Deputy Kyle Dinkheller. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about him and how much I miss him. We had a wonderful life together, loving marriage, beautiful daughter, and two days after the funeral I discovered I was pregnant with our second child. I have since found out it is a boy. Kyle would have been so happy...so proud! He was my very best friend and I will love him for the rest of my life. He was a great man and I will do everything in my power to let our children know that.
"Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends"
Today I saw the worst thing that I have ever seen- the tape from your patrol car. My heart dropped! I am so sorry that that man took one of us. I hope that when I get to Heaven, we get to meet. You are so brave for giving your life to protect others. I wish we could have met before this tragedy happened. I promise that you were not taken in vain! I would like also to express my deppest sorrow to your wife and kids. I am also sorry that you will never get to play catch with your son. I think about my son everytime I strap my badge and duty belt on. May God be with you and your family. You will always be part of " The Blue Line "! One other thing, your kids should know that you (even in death) are still people's hero. Thank you for all that you gave.
Officer Mike Davis
From Officer to Officer Gob Bless your family and you will not be forgotton.
Dink, I think about you all the time, I will never forget when you passed that truck on I-16, we were on ch.2, the last thing you said was, "Let's see what he's doing", I arrived on the scene, and felt like someone had kicked me in stomach. How could this happen? We were on the radio 10 minutes ago! I've attended several officer survival courses over the years, and when they show your tape, I leave crying. One of the other officers in the class asked what was wrong, and I told them how difficult it is to see your friend murdered. I am now out of law Enforcement, but whenever I see a Laurens County car, the sticker "S.O 37 in memory of Dink", I can remember of all the talks we had in the jail, and especially in the medians on I-16. REST EASY BROTHER, your killer was brought to justice, to me justice won't be served till they put the needle in his arm
although time has passed since you were killed, we still mourn your death. although I didnt know you, the pain of loosing a fellow brother hurts. this week we lost a Deputy, Stephen Sorenson, gunned down in the line of duty,I worked with him,this happended not far from where you went to school.May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice you have made. May your children be told that there father was a hero and that he choose to be police officer. God Bless your family
Ret Deputy sheriff
Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one deared
Disturb the sound of silence.
"Fools" said I,"You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
In the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, The words of the prophets
are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
I was there when we buried a friend.
Warner Robins PD
Although our bagdes are different, we are all the same. To have have your life taken in the line of duty is a sacrafice that no one in the general public can give.
I watch the video of your traffic stop in roll call. It's scary to thing we still patrol areas were people like that live.
You will always remain in my mind throughout all the traffic stops I do daily
Officer Brown (Pacific Div. L.A.P.D.)
Officer Brown, Rennick
Today is my birthday, I just turned 22 today. The same age you was when you was murdered. I just finished police academy March 21. While I was in the academy we viewed your car video tape, the following day we had one to quit, and a few others to have second thoughts. I just want you to know that your video has really made me look at all my traffic stops a little different now. May God bless you and your family..
Patrolman Michael Gore
Ranburne Police Department
I really don't know where to start. I never knew you my friend, but I feel like you are indeed a brother to us all. I met you for the first time in a classroom, on May 15, 2003 during a training session. And like the other 12 officers there, when I left, I felt as if I had known you as a brother all my life. The loss and mixed emotions I experienced changed my life forever. I can't explain even now, two weeks later how you have touched me and my fellow co-workers. I can't seem to put it in words. But I will leave this reflection, feeling some better that I have told you that I just wish God could have put me there with you, and that I know you are by the good Lords side smiling down on your family as I type this. I pray for you and your Children Mrs. Dinkheller, and all of your family that lost such a professional brother to us all. May God bless you all!
Wise Police Dept.
I want to thank you for reaching out to me the other day and for sharing your story with me. I only wish we could've met under different circumstances.
In reading some of the reflections left on Kyle's page I can tell that Kyle was definitely well respected, well loved, and very much missed. It's apparent that he made a difference in your life and in all the lives that he touched. Kyle was a great man and as they say ... "behind every great man is a great woman". I'm certian that you two would've had a great future together.
I've been given all sorts of advice since my fiance Dennis passed. But I think the best advice I've gotten is to remember all the good times you two shared. One day you will meet up with Kyle again and he'll welcome you with open arms and a big smile and you'll be able to spend eternity together. Until then, use all the love he gave you as strength to move on with your life. Kyle can no longer live his life, but you can. Live your life in his honour/memory.
I wish you all the best in life. Please pass on my condolences to Kyle's family, friends, and fellow Law Enforcement Officers. Take care of yourself and keep in touch.
Dennis McElderry's fiancee - E.O.W. (01/03/03)
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