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

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

Hey Dyke
Just stopping to say hi. I can't believe it's been 5 years. Just letting you know that you are not forgotten.

Ptl. Don Franks #14
Fairview Park PD

Ptl. Don Franks #14
Fairview Park PD

January 9, 2007

5 years ago today. Time has not diminished your
sacrifice. God bless all who still miss him!
Lynn Kole
Washington State

January 8, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 5th anniversary of your end of watch. It is too bad that they had to experience the trial and now have to wait while the automatic appeal process takes place. Some day justice will be served. Continue to watch over your loved ones ;and keep them close to you. Also, watch over those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 8, 2007

Five years today. We're thinking about you & you are missed. 200


January 8, 2007


It doesn't matter how many times I visit, I still get that same feeling of, "I can't believe this happened." Now that the 5 year mark is here, I can't believe it's been that long ago.

On more that one occasion, I've felt you watching over us...Thanks. Give Madison a big hug for me.

Officer Rick Walker #318
Elyria (Oh) Police Department

January 8, 2007

Five years man.

Keep us safe.

We will never forget.

Sgt T. J. Slupski

January 8, 2007

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