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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


Your loss will never be forgotten. May God bless you, your family, your department, and protect us all who serve. Rest in peace.

Upper Darby
September 8, 2005

I have seen this video before but after seeing it again yesterday it really makes me feel helpless. I am sure I speak for thousands of law enforcement when I say "I wish I had been there to back you up." Your untimely and tragic death has served as valuable training for many law enforcment recruits on the city, state, and federal levels. It will undoubtedly save the lives of many officers who find themselves in a similar situation. They will know what to do and what not to do because of this video. Rest in peace brother.

Firearms Instructor
United States Border Patrol
September 8, 2005

Such a damn shame. But you live on with all of us, brutha.

September 7, 2005

I just watched your video, sent to me by my husband, and oficer of 8 years. After sending it to me, he wished he hadn't, I think. But I am glad he did. For years people have asked me if it is hard to be the wife of an officer, and I always responded by saying, "The schedule sucks." But today, reality struck me in a way I was not prepared for. Since veiwing your video, I have not been able to stop crying. I Thank GOD for the sacrifices our peace officers and all our servicemen make, but it does not make those losses right. I am so sorry you had to go through what you did, and I am so sorry your family has to re-live it everyday. I wish with all my heart that there was something I could do to ease their pain. What would the work be like without Officers willing to put their lives on the line everyday. This video is a glimpse into what that world would be like. God protect the Officers that protect us, and send my love to the families that have sacrificed everything...

September 7, 2005

I cannot adequately express my deep sorrow for you and your family. I just don't have any words other than I'm sorry this happened to you. I promise, you will never be forgotten by myself or anyone I know. Thank you for your sacrifice. Rest in peace.

September 7, 2005

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

P.O. #255
September 7, 2005

You are a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister officers.

Pennsylvanis State Police
September 6, 2005

I have often taken my husband's job for granted. After watching this video, I never will again. My heart goes out to the wife and children left behind. --Wife of a LEO

September 6, 2005

I am a Dutch police student of the Dutch police academy in the age of 29.
I really felt to make a short reflection here because I was very shocked after watching that tape on a website.
I cant't find the right words now to express myself but one thing I know is that nobody deserves to die like this!
Here in the Netherlands we always make patrol with two officers but it once more shows us what danger we could encounter and how to deal in such situations like this.
I will take this video tape as an example at class of the academy to discuss it there.

It really made a huge impact on me after watching this tape!

My thoughts are with you and your family! Rest well Kyle!!!

Maurice Schreuder
Dutch police academy
September 5, 2005

I saw the video and it struck me, how much pain Dinkheller was in. The SOB shot him even though he was incapacitated. His killer was a Vietnam Vet who should have known to cease fire. Officer DInkheller suffered tremendously and his killer deserve to die. What a waste of good life. I hope that death sentence will be manditory when a suspect shoots back at a law enforcement officer.

2SG Army Reservist
September 5, 2005

this was one of the hardest things ive ever watched. that sick b****d i hope dies a horrible death and burns in hell for taking you away from your family and friends. god bless you, your wife, kids, and family. you are an inspiration by many and even though i never met you, i feel like i miss u my friend.. peace

September 4, 2005

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


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