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Deputy 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 only knew you for a very short time before you were killed. What I remember the most was you driving thru my drive thru window at Fazoli's in Dublin for a Dr. Pepper which we did not have, but you always settled for a Mr. Pibb after a humorious comment and a half cocked smile.

Since that time I have been introduced to your father and I have fallen in love with him and will be married to him at the end of this year. He talks about you daily and he misses you so much. He keeps your memory alive by your pictures and the pictures of your children.

I know in heaven you are looking down and you have seen your handsome son that was born after your death. He looks so much like you. Your daughter is so sweet and growing up so fast. Those two kids of yours and Angela's are the one link that your wife, father and family still have and will always have to you. You are missed so very much and even though with each day it seems easier for your family to go on the heavy heart and emptyness will always be there.

I cannot wait until the day I also carry the Dinkheller name, because it belongs to one of the greatest heros of law enforcement. Keep your angel wings and armor of gold around us all. We love and miss you.
Marie Fulghum (Dinkheller)

Marie Fulghum


I have no words to express my pain and sorrow for you, your family, and Department. Yesterday I attended the APCO convention being hosted by the city I work in, Salt Lake. I attended a lecture there about officer involved shootings, and our instructor, a Deputy from another agency played that horrific video. In that lecture Kyle were approx 250 people. Not a dry eye was left, not a soul stirred. We are the Dispatchers who look after you and your fellow officers. We are the other voice on that radio scrambling to get you help, while at the same time trying to keep it together and not fall apart on the air. We are the men and women who strive everyday to keep you safe and never lose track of you. We can only serve the community by first and foremost serving you Kyle. We put you first because only by doing that, can we serve the citizens needing help.

All my love to you, your wife and children, your parents and brothers and sisters, and to your fellow Deputies. I will never forget you Kyle and will always keep what happened to you in the back of my mind while taking care of my Officers.

-Barbra Fronckowiak
Salt Lake City Police

Dispatcher Barbra Fronckowiak
Salt Lake City Police



July 07, 2001 -

I am currently finishing up the last few weeks of training at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Savannah, Ga. The class president and I were in a discussion based on both of our years of law enforcement experience before coming to Georgia. We both felt that several of our classmates did not fully understand what they would be facing out on the street. The class president went to a member of the training staff and asked if they had any videos that could be shown to the class.

Neither one of us was prepared for what we were about to see. As the tape was rolling, it was almost as if I was there. I felt the panic. My hands were shaking uncontrollably. My heart was beating so hard and fast I could hear it. I felt the confusion, "what the hell is happening? What do I do?" But there was one big difference: At the end of the tape, I got up and walked out of the classroom. But not before Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was indelibly etched in my mind and heart.

After viewing the tape, you can second guess all you want too. You can say, "I would have done this or that", and in a way, I feel Deputy Dinkheller would have wanted you to use it anyway you could to survive. But in the end, REALITY may say different. If you never want to face what Deputy Dinkheller faced, and be prepared to give the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, then don't pin that badge on.


D. Osborn
Blackshear P.D.

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