Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Steven Coyle

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Patrick Steven Coyle

Pat was my academy roommate. Great guy and great Deputy

Roger “Scott” Stewart. Deputy (ret)
Solano and El Dorado SO

August 10, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 16, 2018

Still thinking of you Pat--- Jim

Sergeant James Cady
San Diego County Sheriff

November 30, 2013

I was saddened to find this website and learn of Pat's death. I worked with him at Fallbrook Sub Station, and remember that he was always respectful, professional, and just fun to work with.

RIP Pat.
Gary Scott
Deputy Sheriff - retired

Gary Scott, Deputy Sheriff 1078x
San Diego Co. Sheriff's Dept.

June 29, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Coyle. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

I still remember the day I brought the newspaper clipping in Oregon home to tell my late husband Deputy Morris Taylor that Pat was killed. It hurt so bad. He knew Pat pretty well. The words come on down still come to me. Pat was on some show that says come on down.....I think the price is right because of hie personality he was picked.... LOL. Also I still remember Morris doing his usual telling me I was to make Pat a pie. I asked what kind and the response was french apple. You see I never made that kind but Pat requested it. So I did. Now i'm glad. Don't leave unfinished business when you are called to do it. Now i don't have that regret. I miss all my San Diego Deputies and friends especially Christian Law Enforcement Fellowship. Take Care. Margaret

margaret Aragon (formerly Taylor)

March 15, 2010

My Dearest Brother, I heard of this web sight but never visited it, so I thought that I would visit now. Twelve years almost thirteen have passed since you left us, and it still seems like just yesterday.A minute, an hour,a day never goes by with out thinking of you. I still hear your voice when you would call me, which was all the time and you would say "Hi Sis" I miss that so much. You where such a good brother and I was so proud of you and so was Mom and Dad. You where a blessing from heaven. Your children look just like you. Wish they didn't live so far away. i communicate with them and let them know how much I love them. My heart ponds every time Astrea flys over, I still see you up there. you would be so proud with all Astrea is doing and the new Air Craft's. Love to you, your sis


October 28, 2009

I miss you every day, and I think you would be proud of who I've become. Because of you I wake up each morning trying to be a better person. I'm so glad to be part of you. The smell of tanning oil will forever remind me of you, i'll never forget your Ray-Bans and our hammacks in the backyard. Whenever I go to the beach i think of the times you brought me and cory when we were little. My favorite memories were at grandpas on christmas and when you used to bring me to work with you and i brought my little plastic suitecase full of crayons. I was so lucky to have you in my life. Not many kids can say they had an amazing childhood like mine. someday i hope my children will be as happy as i was. you were the all american guy who everyone loved and i am so proud to tell people about you.

i love you forever and miss you.
p.s. im still looking for your old raybans.


August 16, 2009

To Pat's family
I was there that night when Pat made the ultimate sacrifice. If no one every told you, he talked about his family, his wife whom he loved dearly, his son who meant everything to him. That night changed my life, it has never been the same. To this day every time I hear Astrea in the sky, I always stop and pray for them, Pat's soul and his family. Pat is not forgotten nor is his family. With great respect for your loss, may peace be with you....


January 27, 2009

To the family and loved ones of Deputy Sheriff Patrick Coyle:

I wanted to honor and remember Pat today. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Pat, I feel as if I know him through the loving reflections left by friends. His valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Pat was robbed of his life so young, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

To his wife Jackie and his children, Cory and Chelsea, Iam so sorry for your loss and know that your life was forever changed by the death of your beloved husband and father. I know that he is forever in your hearts. I wish for you that you are able to live the hopes and dreams he has for your life. In looking at his picture, I see Pat greeted life with a big smile. That is such a wonderful legacy.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Pat gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 16, 1997.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05


August 12, 2008



February 10, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 6, 2007

I had the honor of meeting and knowing Pat and his son, Cory while working at Oceanside airport. It was always a sight to see Pat and his little boy head out to the trusty Cherokee & go flying. I also lived in Fallbrook & while I was in the police academy, I had the chance to ride with Pat off and on. On duty or off he was (and always will be) the consummate gentleman & professional. I heard of his passing while steaming in the Pacific aboard the USS Kitty Hawk & asked that the ship ring the EOD (end of day) bells in his honor (which the OOD did). Today I have a little boy and an airplane (although I never pursued a career in LE) and I often think of Pay and Cory when my son and I gear up for a flight. I also have the honor of seeing the helipad dedicated to his memory at 182 Santar Place in San Marcos, California, where I work part-time for a local police academy. I've met some of those that have posted here and I can say that Pat was the kind of man that had friends like himself; good people of good character that you can always trust.

His leaving was a tremendous loss to us all, but his legacy is something we should always strive to duplicate. Pat, I pray that you are enjoying the smooth air & peace that comes with the clear conscience of a man like you, and that your family is well in your absence.

God Bless..

Matt Randolph
University of California, San Diego
Palomar College Police Department Public Information
Palomar College Police Academy WWW Admin
Palomar Police Academy Grad Classes 12/91 & 26/98

Matt Randolph
University of California, San Diego

April 2, 2007

I worked with Pat at Solano County Sheriff's Department for approximately 3 years. During that time Pat kept everyone on the patrol team laughing. The stories that could be told about what took place during the summers our team worked 1st watch could only be believed if witnessed.
Pat got the opportunity to go home to San Diego and work in "Air Support" it was something that he always wanted to do. His passion for law enforcement and flying was truly a gift.
Pat we will keep you in our prayers my Brother.

Special Agent Bobby White
Federal Aviation Administration

April 8, 2006

I often think of you my friend. I valued the times we worked together: Jail, Patrol and Emergency Services. Your smile and attitude was the best. You were always a joy to be with, you are missed! You left us short one good man.

God bless you and your family...

Cpl. Tim Bollig
San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.

February 9, 2006

I visit this site often with the hopes that its list will not get longer. When I see a new name on the list my heart drops to the floor knowing that another Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, etc.. has given their life in the line of duty. It continually brings tears to my eyes when I read the personal reflections that are left by the fallen Officer's Family and Friends. I hope you can rest easy knowing that this brave HERO is watching over us from his place in Heaven. He served with honor and will never be forgotten. Rest Easy Officer Coyle . We will truly miss you. God Bless you and your Family.

Police Officer O. Dennard
Newark Police Department (NJ)

September 12, 2005


You are the best. Your ability as a professional and your friendly affable approach is an example to all. I will never forget your quick smile. You are loved and will never be forgotten.

Your partner,


Lt. Alex Dominguez
San Diego Sheriff

October 22, 2004


It's been a few years now, but know that you are not and never will be forgotten.

Did I ever thank you for covering me on that susp call off of Oak Drive when you were headed back to the brook? Always the consumate beat partner...

Keep the skies above heaven safe for all, and take care my brother.

Jim and "Casper"

James Cady, Deputy Sheriff
San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.

February 8, 2004


I still remember everything you taught me in Fallbrook while I was in training. I was deeply sadened by the news of your accident and was honored to come back for the services. You are loved and respected by all.

Mark Stevens
Former SDSO Deputy (San Marcos)

Det. Mark Stevens
Chandler PD, Chandler AZ

October 27, 2003


I remember everything you ever taught me in Fallbrook while on training. I was sadened to hear of the accident and let you know that you are loved and respected.

Mark Stevens
Former SDSO Deputy Sheriff (San Marcos)

Detective Mark Stevens
Chandler Arizona

October 27, 2003

I just want to thank Deputy Coyle for working to make San Diego County safer.

Jeremiah Campbell
Concerned Citizen

As a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and the FBI Agents Association, I salute you on their behalf. Rest in Peace.

SA Darin L. Paul
FBI Agents Association

You left us too soon. We are reflecting on your sacrifice and service.
God bless all those who are still missing you!

Lynn Kole
Washington State


I can still remember you at CDF greeting the trans. deputies when we arrived with a load of prisoners. You always had that big smile and you were one of the friendliest guys working there. You were one of those great guys that anyone would want for a partner.

You will never be forgotten, Pat.


ed wong
san diego county sheriff's dept.

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