Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Dyke "A. J." Coursen

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2002

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Reflections for Corporal Dyke "A. J." Coursen

Thank you Corporal Coursen for your dedicated service to the county of Beaufort and to our country. May your name and memory be everlasting.

Dept. of Defense, Retired

April 14, 2009

Dyke, I missed your birthday but here's hug just bacause. Your in our hearts always. Miss you...

Roberta Moore
LaGrange, Ohio

March 3, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 23, 2009

Dyke, Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you. Keep watching over the Blue.


January 29, 2009

Well another year has ended, and I cannot believe it will be 7 years here soon that you were taken away from all of us. You are always missed.

Jim Eggeman
Columbus Ohio Police

December 31, 2008

I cant believe we are spending another Christmas without you here. There isn't a day that has gone by without us missing you.
I still have images of you and Monique sitting in the back of your truck wrapping Christmas gifts. And the special Christmas we spent. I can almost here the giggling and laughing.

I will aways love you, DJ

DJ Coursen
Your Loving Wife

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Dyke. It's hard to believe that we are coming up on the seventh anniversary of your death. You are missed & remembered..


December 22, 2008

We think about you often, but more lately. We know you helped bring Derel home safely from Iraq. Thank you. Now as Derek begins his tour in Iraq we ask you to please watch over him. You always looked after them as kids in LaGrange and we find comfort in being able to ask you to please do it again! We believe that you have brought DJ closer to us again. It is far less traveling to visit! We miss you...we will see you again.

Charlie and Jill Michalak

September 30, 2008

It has been a long while since 01-08-2002 and I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I will always remember you and the values you held. I will always remember the first day we met, the day we were hired by BCSO. You are missed by everyone and you have made us better people. Thank you for watching over us all during our journey through life.

Tony Zartman
Former BCSO

June 21, 2008

Dyke, It's been over six years now. Just wanted to say hi and thinking about you and your family. Keep watching over all in BLUE my brother.


March 1, 2008

I am a little late, but Happy Birthday. You are missed each day.

Jim Eggeman
Columbus Ohio Police Department

January 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Buddy... We miss you. 200


January 25, 2008



January 24, 2008

Everytime I see your picture here I wish so much we could call you and bring you up to date on all of the happenings here in LA. It's almost your birthday which always brings me here to remember our good times. You are still in our hearts and our prayers daily. Cory is just a mini you and doing so great, you would be so proud of him. Happy Birthday Dyke, we love you.

Roberta Moore

January 17, 2008

Hi Dyke-
I can't believe 6 years ago you were taken from us. I always think of you whenever I drive through Lagrange. I want to thank you for always being a wonderful friend. You are not forgotten.

Cindy DeChant
Avon Lake Police Department, OH

January 9, 2008


Had another incident that could have gone bad on us. I know you were looking out for us AGAIN!!! Thanks Buddy. Give Madison a big hug for me. Still can't believe it's been 6 years today.

Pltm. Rick Walker #318/K-9
Elyria Police Department

January 8, 2008

Well Dyke another year has come and gone. It seems like yesterday still. I was back in the Grafton/Lagrange area a few weeks ago, and again as always caught myself looking for your truck.

Keep us all safe

James Eggeman
Columbus Ohio Police Department

January 8, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 2, 2008

I thought I would stop in and look over your reflections and leave you a note. I was at the store today, and looked up and thought I saw you turning the corner in the store. I caught myself trying to catch up to you, turning the corner and not seeing anyone. I am sure it was your way of telling me to stop in and say HI.

Jim Eggeman
Columbus Police Department

October 17, 2007

Went to the LaGrange Lion's festival this weekend, watched the fireworks. The band caught me off guard when they played "Knocking on Heavens Door". Made me think of you & the funeral..


July 30, 2007

"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.

July 9, 2007

I had the honor of visiting The Wall in March in Washinton, D.C. and finding your name. It was an emotional day. I am speaking next week for the Memorial Week and I am quite sure I won't make it through this story without tears. The message from your son is so touching; I'm sure there's no lack of prayers for the family you left behind. You are greatly missed. Love and God Bless - "Dewey"

Ptl. Tracy Hall-Goodell - Retired
Olmsted Township Police

May 10, 2007

Wow, Brother I can't believe it has been five years.I just wanted to say hi and to his family that reads this page, Thinking of you also. Watch over us brother like you have been. Miss ya and God Bless.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.

March 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Dyke! I still think about you everyday and you are so much a part of our lives. I know your here with us and I can almost hear you laugh when we talk of the old days when we were all together. One of the last comments you made to us a week before you left us was "What the heck is going on up there?" Lives go on here but not without missing you bunches.

Dan and Roberta
LaGrange, Ohio

Dan and Roberta Moore

January 25, 2007


Mommy just told me about this page where I can come and read comments about you from others. Mommy and I just talked about you on the 8th of January. It has been 5 years and I SURE MISS YOU!!! I was only 2 was this happened, but I have all my pictures of you and letters that people have sent to me.
I always tell my friends at school about you. I am now going to a special school and they had me read about the angels in heaven because of you.
I love you and you will be forever missed.
Your son,

Cory Coursen

January 13, 2007

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