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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

It's been eleven years buddy... Seems like it was yesterday

EPD Retired

January 8, 2013

I just read the most inspiring book "Proof of Heaven" The thoughts of you in such a glories place that we can ever imagine is comforting. It does not however ease the pain of missing you. I long to hear your voice, feel your strong but gentle hugs and make you smile or should I say laugh at me. There will never be another one that compares to you. You will always be my husband!

Your loving wife

DJ Coursen

January 8, 2013

The holidays have pased and the new year has started. I think of you often...


January 3, 2013

I am sitting here reading all these beautiful stories about a young man that stole my heart years ago when I used to go to the roller rink in LaGrange every Friday night with friends. He was there and wanted to meet me and I didn't think anything about it but he just wouldn't let up so I ended up talking with him and we got to know each other. He stole my heart but ended up breaking it because he felt we lived too far away for a relationship so we lost touch but I never really forgot about him. He called me one night out of the blue and I had to tell him it was too late to meet but I sure wish I could go back in time and meet him one last time. I never got to say goodbye to him but he will always be in my heart with all the good memories. I'm sorry that we had to lose such a great guy but he died doing what he always wanted to do.

Past Friend

October 12, 2012

Today on our wedding anniversary, marks the day that I vowed to Love, Honor and Cherish you. I have and always will. After all these years, you are still the LOVE of my life. Happy Anniversary sweetheart! DJ

DJ Coursen
surviving spouse

July 30, 2012

Dear Dad,

In music class I was asked to picked my favorite song and write a report about it. I had to share why I chose that song and a little bit about the song. I had to play the song first and then read my report to the class. When I played the song I started to cry and then when I read the report to my class I couldn't stop crying. My music teacher read my report to the class. I miss you so much and wish that I didn't lose you when I was 2 years old. Here is the report that I wrote.

The song I chose was "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood. I know that this isn't a song that many of my classmates would listen to, but it has special meaning to me. On January 8, 2002 my dad along with Officer Tate were responding to a domestic call. When they entered the home and went looking for the suspect they were both shot and died. This songs talks about the men who fought and died for our freedom and safety and that was my dad.
This song was written in 1983 because the writer wanted to share how we could become more united. When it first played on the radio it didn't get much airtime. But, it became popular in 1991 when the US went to war with Iraq. It was a favorite song after Hurricane Katrina because it was for life and hope, after 9/11 it became a song for unity and rebuilding and after 2002 it became a song of heroism to me and I dedicate this to you.
I love you dad! Cory Coursen

Cory Coursen

May 19, 2012

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.....There are some days like today that I think of you more. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE.

Your loving wife

January 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for aolace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am holding your family in my heart's embrace today. D.J., thank you for sharing your beautiful love story and to Cory, thanks for sharing a son's devotion to his beloved dad.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 8, 2012

Another Christmas without you. This is the time of year when that knot in my stomach starts to tighten, knowing that dreadful day is approaching.
I miss you and will always love you.

Your loving wife DJ

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Capt. Miss you very much

Robert Kois
former patrolman Lagrange P.D. Ohio

December 18, 2011

We dedicated a Safety Forces Memorial in Wellington Sunday. Thought about you.


September 16, 2011

I am surprised at myself for not doing this sooner. But I was at another memorial for a friend I served with and somehow I got to talking about it.

I remember him and Shane would occasionally join us for karaoke. We used to joke he looked like Jim Carey and I have never forgotten the laughs we all had . I only wish I was able to know him like all of you had.

I had just returned to Parris Island from a family funeral, when I saw the news late that night in my barracks. The church was so packed I wasn't able to get inside for the funeral as my circle of friends really took it hard. .

It wasn't long after that I was transferred to San Diego and lost touch with everyone from PI. I am glad justice was done, even if wasn't done by my own hand. God Bless your families and the Sheriff's Department.

Shane I hope your are well, though you may not remember me, I do remember you. You always used to sing runaway train( and purple rain I think.)

SGT Jason Basile
USMC (former)

August 24, 2011

Thinking about you. Rest In Peace Brother


July 7, 2011

Dear Dad,
Today was my last day of school for 5th grade. I am going to be going to some sports camps this summer. I like playing sports and football is my favorite. Maybe one day I will playing for my favorite college football team. Mom says that I have the best arm for throwing and I wish you were here to see my play. I sometimes wonder if God opens the clouds and lets you look down on me, but then I wish he would open the clouds for me to look up on you. You will always be my hero. My friends came over and we read many newspaper stories about you on the internet. Reading the stories made me really sad and I started to cry. I didnt' want to cry in front of my friends but they also got sad too. Love you Dad.
Your son, Cory

Cory Coursen

June 3, 2011

Dear Dad,

I miss you so much and wish that I could just sit and talk with you. I asked grandma to send me pictures of you when you were my age so that I could see what you looked like. I heard that you were really tall and I hope that I will get that big.
You are my hero and I love you so much.

Cory Coursen

May 29, 2011

Thinking about you Bud.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

February 4, 2011



January 24, 2011

Miss ya, Dyke!!!!

Ptlm. Rick Walker #318
Elyria Police Department

January 13, 2011

another years passes... Doesn't seem like it's been nine years... You are missed..


January 10, 2011

I have to giggle a lil cuz you always wanted to make sure you "looked good". We are all getting older and in your pic you are still so young.
Nine years is not so long ago. Time kinda stands still for memories of you. Though I was so disappointed when you left us in LA, I was very happy that you were going to do what you always wanted to do and be happy. I know you are all around us now......
You taught me so many things that I still use today. So many ideas and "lil sayings" that I find myself using when I am training others at work. The sayings have fallen into so many aspects of my life.
You watched over Derek and Derel as kids for me in LA. Plz continue that as Derek is on another deployment in Afghanistan. Plz be his angel.
Miss you and can't wait to see you again someday.

Jill Michalak

January 10, 2011

Hey Capt, hard to believe it has been nine years. You are not forgotten. Thanks for keeping an eye on us, brother.

Ptl. Don Franks
Fairview Park PD

January 8, 2011

It is so hard to believe you have been gone for nine years. Every minute of that day is still so fresh in my mind, from the time we were on the phone when that call came in and you telling me you were "GOING TO TAKE THIS ONE LAST CALL".
My love for you still grows stronger.

DJ Coursen
Your Loving Wife

January 8, 2011

Well Dyke, it has almost been 9 years ago that you where taken from us. I still find myself looking over at the fire station looking for your truck. I think about you all the time. You are still missed.

Jim Eggeman
Columbus Ohio Police Department

January 2, 2011

Cory,your father hired me when he was a Captain in Lagrange.A lot of people have told you how great your father was.Believe every word young man because he was one of the greatest people that I have been fortunate to have known.You have every reason to be proud of your dad and allways remember that he is looking out for you.I'm sure he is telling the angels how much he loves his son because he would allways tell me how much he loved you and how important you were to him.If you grow up to be half the man that your father was you will be just fine.Enjoy all that life has to give and keep making your father proud.

Robert Kois
Former Patrolman Lagrange PD

September 29, 2010

Your dad would be very proud Cory...We all miss him & think about him often


September 9, 2010

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