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Police Officer Toby Ray Dirickson

Ranger Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 2, 2003

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Reflections for Police Officer Toby Ray Dirickson

Rest in peace Officer Dirickson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 25, 2019

Toby, its been a long time and over three years since I posted anything. Well I have moved on to another agency and really like it here. The pay is great and we are well taken care of. The Sheriff is great you would have liked him. Man I miss you buddy I would love to just wake up and that night never happen. Its always in my mind and will be with me til I pass someday.

Deputy Roy G. Squyres
Wheeler County Sheriff's Office

September 26, 2015

Toby, I was thinking about you today I was at work driving around. I was thinking about all the times you locked yourself out of your patrol car. Man I must have opened that drivers door 20 times lol. Toby its funnie that I think about things like that. Every time I go to the range I always think back to us shooting. You would have had a ball shooting my M4. Your still and always will be my best friend. I miss you Toby and your friendship I hope to see you again someday.

Deputy Roy G. Squyres
Knox County Sheriff Office

March 10, 2012

Toby, I was thinking of you the other day. That fateful night has been so long ago, but seems like yesterday we were on the interstate. If only we hadn't been split up...things may have been different. Maybe you would still be here with us.
I guess all the ones we worked with are gone from the area, but the friendships and memories will always be there. God bless you Toby, you were fun to work with.

Deputy Lou Corwin

June 18, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 6th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


November 6, 2009

Toby its been a long time since I have had a chance to talk to you. Man another year has come and gone life has changed so much for me. I still have never forgot you and what your friendship was worth to me. I miss the times we had and our wives we all where so young. When I think back to those days I fill sad because I have long since divorced. You and your wife was a big part of our life and I do miss those times when we all played games. Well I am on patrol so I will hit the st. And know your right there with me on every stop and on every call.


January 7, 2009

"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

February 20, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are a true hero to us all. GOD bless your family and friends as they carry on in your name


February 11, 2008

Officer Dirickson,
Today is the four year anniversary of your EOW. We thank you for your sacrifice, for giving ALL. You will never be forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

November 2, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 30, 2007

I was working the dispatch office for the Stephens County SO the night of this terrible accident and was scanning all local channels. I will never forget the sound of terror in the voice of the first officer on the scene. She was screaming for help. I learned of Officer Dirickson's demise later that night.

My condolences go out to the friends and family of Officer Dirickson. He gave his all, the ultimate sacrifice and we appreciate his sacrifice and dedication to his job. The thin blue line has gotten a little thinner.

Sgt. Joe Daniels
Reagan County Sheriff's Dept.

Sgt. Joe H. Daniels
Reagan County Sheriff's Office

May 25, 2007

Toby, I miss you my dear friend. I think back to times with you and your still my best friend. I remember talking to you that night and responding to that call. I still think about getting to you and I think God I was with you. I always told you I would be there with you in good and bad. RIP my friend

Roy Squyres

May 22, 2007

I just wanted to start off by saying thanks to everyone that had left messages on this site. I'm Toby's older brother and miss him alot. I visit his grave site still, and no, he will never be forgotten. Certain calls remind me of Toby, like directing traffic at a major crash site, but when I'm reminded, it keeps me doing what I do. May every Police Officer that keeps the public from harms way do their jobs safely, and may Toby's courage live with us, on our jobs and in our hearts forever.

Officer Brian Dirickson/K-9 Unit
Comanche Police Department

January 16, 2007

Just wanted to stop in and leave a reflection to say that you have not been forgotten. I have decorated the exterior of my home with all Blue Lights for Christmas. One of those blue lights will be lit in your honor every night until after New Years as a way of saying you have not been forgotten. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

December 8, 2006

Sleep safe with Our Lord.

November 2, 2006

Rest in peace Officer Toby Ray Dirickson!!!

November 2, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones today. Continue to watch over them. You have not been forgotten.

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

November 1, 2006

Fallen but NEVER forgottten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

October 23, 2006

It will soon be 3 years that your tour of duty ended and I know your loved ones have thought of you every hour of every day during the past 3 years and the tears still flow from their broken hearts. There are no magic words I can offer them to comfort them except to take one day at a time and to keep your memory alive by talking about you to anyone who will listen as they can be proud of you as you are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol protecting the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer,
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Illinois Gold Star Father

September 16, 2006

words cannot express how badly Toby is missed. My husband and I miss him more and more every day. We often speak of a story he told that was funny or talk about something we as a group went and did (toby his wife my husband and I)We loved him dearly People often say how hard it is to find good friends well Toby was defently A good friend. My husband's best friend. It's hard to say or believe that it has been a little over 2 years since that horrible night It still feels as it were yesterday It's still hard to know that we wont be able to talk to him, or run into him in passing, or that we as a group won't be able to go out. We love him and miss him more and more everyday.May you rest in peace.

M. Squyres
Ranger Vol. Fire Dept

January 22, 2006

As this anniversary passes, May we never forget this Blue Angel who was doing the job he obviously loved, and then to tragically be cut down in his prime. How very sad.. God Bless his family, and May they find Peace in their Hearts.....

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp PD Lewisburg, Pa

November 3, 2005

I wanted to leave a reflection to say that it will be 2 years since you were called away but you have not been forgotten. There are no words I can offer to comfort your family and close friends except that you are a true hero. Keep watch over your family and those officers still out on patrol

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

October 31, 2005

You never realy know what cards life will deal you from day to day, It is very sad that your dream was so short lived. My step dad, Randy Haskins, worked a year for Ranger PD in 1985 before being hired by Brownwood PD, his number was 204. May god be with you and your family.

Eric D. Cargal/ Sergeant
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice

April 14, 2005

we miss you even a year from the accident see you in heaven

November 8, 2004

Toby, I wish I had had the time to get to know you better but from the short time I knew you, you were a very good man and you would have been a great officer. I'm sorry your career was cut so short and that you were taken from your wife and family. I pray I had been working that night as I might have been on the scene helping to direct traffic. Maybe it would have made a difference, maybe not. I want to give my condelences and express my respect for you to your family and loved ones and say that if I could have taken your place I would have. God speed my friend and know that you are missed.

A Friend

November 3, 2004

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