Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Didier M. Hurdle

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 25, 1977

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Didier M. Hurdle

Caltrans finally put up signs along the 105 Freeway in Willowbrook and Lynwood honoring Deputy Hurdle and his ultimate sacrifice. I pass by them weekly. The spirit in him lives forever.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

November 25, 2019

Your memory lives on to many. Always remembered.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

November 26, 2018

I knew "Dee" for five years plus. I first met him when I was assigned to East L.A. Sheriff's Station. We worked patrol together, and made an outstanding number of arrests. Dee had a penchant of always being around whatever area we were assigned, and being able to"smell" out the "bad guys". That is what he was doing when he was shot & killed. Apart from being Radio-Car partners, we formed a very close friendship, which carried over to our families. During the summers, we always made a number of trips to the Colorado River to water ski and enjoy the water with our families. Dee taught all my children how to water ski, with his gentle and patient ways encouraging my brood. He was the same way with all his Sheriff's trainees. He was as much a member of my family as anyone. After more than 40 years, I still miss him tremendously. God Bless Dee Hurdle and keep him close.

Lieutenant David L. Martinez (Grumpy)
LASD Partner, Honorary Family Member

September 28, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. On the 40th anniversary of your E.O.W. We honor and remember you. Thank you and your family and coworkers for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 25, 2017

Your sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles County will never be forgotten. Your name and your memory will live forever.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

November 28, 2016

In two days it will be the 39th Anniversary of your passing. A sad day for many without a doubt. For me it has, overtime become a day of reflection of our special bond. Our friendship on and off the job. You remain closer than a brother. Your name frequently comes up in conversations with our fellow former coworkers and always with respect and admiration. Proud to have been your partner, wish it could have continued forever.

Bob Ouellette, Sergeant Ret.
L.A.S.D.

November 23, 2016

I had the privilege of knowing and working around "Dee" all during those riot years in East Los Angeles Patrol. He was a cops, cop, hard working, dedicated, sharp and of course had a great sense of humor which sometimes is all we have to help us make sense of the world we lived in.
He saw a new opportunity when Lynwood Sheriff's opened its doors and felt he could make a difference. While his path took him to Lynwood, my path took me to Academy Training as did the path of his old partner in ELA, Bob Ouellette. The week I transferred from the Academy to Emergency Services Detail was the same week Dee left us.
To his Widow, Mary and his family, I still think of him often and he lives with us all in our hearts.

Sgt/Ret Robert Storm Murcott
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

August 7, 2016

Truly Loved....38 years....Never Forgotten....

Familiy
Family

November 25, 2015

Someone once said, we die twice. Once when the last breath leaves our body and once when the last person we know says our name for the last time.
You were a good man, Dee. I'll remember you and say your name to our friends when we talk about old times. There are so many names to say now.
Bluenose 250 David by

Retired Deputy J.D. Harris
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

October 25, 2015

Didier, Thank you not only for the sacrifices you made but also for the privilege of working with you at East L .A. I miss you.

Chief Investigator, Retired
Butte County District Attorney

June 24, 2015

Deputy Hurdle,
I thank you for the dedicated services you have provided to the community you were sworn to protect and serve. My condolences to your family and friends.

Security Officer Nguyen
HealthCare Security Services

November 25, 2014

I had the honor and privilege to work with Dee as patrol deputies in East Los Angeles in 1972 & 1973. Additionally, we became best of friends, and enjoyed vacationing with both our families at the Colorado River. He taught two of my kids to water-ski. I still recall the moment when a mutual deputy friend called me at home the night during the Thanksgiving Weekend. My first reaction, and spontaneous comment when I recognized the voice was "Who got it?" When he responded, "Dee!" It felt like a mule had kicked me in the pit of my stomach.

Dee Hurdle was the consummate partner and friend. Always a gentleman, family man, and a hell-of-a good street cop. There is never a day that goes by when boating, skiing, or family vacations become a topic of conversation, that Dee Hurdle is not remembered. The Good Lord must have needed another great cop to patrol the streets of Heaven when He took Dee from us.

Lt. David Martinez (retired)
LASD

September 18, 2014

I had the pleasure of knowing Dee when we went through the Sheriff's Academy in Class 135 in 1967. I was there from the Covina Police Department for training.

I remember the day I heard of Dee's murder and was shocked that one of my classmates I had known was killed so soon after beginning his career with LASO as we called it then.
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Dee was a hard working cadet and a memorable person. His passing was a loss to his department and everyone who knew him. I think of him whenever I hear of an officer down or EOW. I was blessed with 30 years in law enforcement without any shooting involvement.

Rest in Peace Deputy Hurdle. You served you community and department with honor!

Retired Deputy Jay Graham
L.A. County Marshal/Sheriff

January 6, 2013

Dee, Where do I begin? Your friendship was the best. Your relationship with Ray at ELA was the best. You have left a mark in all of the hearts that knew you. I was watching 8mm movies the other night of my son Adam's baptisim and you and my Dad, as usual were cutting up. Priceless footage of you. The night you left us the department sent a unit to my Mom and Dads house to pick me up and take me to St. Francis hospital to be with Maryfran. It is a night I will remember the rest of my life. Rest in peace my friend. I'm sure you and my sister Stephanie are watching down on all of us.

Chris (Fleenor) Bertone
Friend

March 19, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor Officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

October 18, 2010

Uncle Didier, you passed away thirty-two years ago today and I have never forgotten you. You were such a loving person and adored by all. You will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on. May you remain in peace.

Anonymous

November 26, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 25, 2009

Rest in Peace, Deputy Hurdle. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

De De and I were friends in high school and after graduation. He was one of the most caring, sincere and loving individuals I had the pleasure of knowing. He could also be very funny when he wanted to be. It was devastating that such a caring man, that was trying to serve his community, had to die while protecting us. May you rest in piece and know that there are so many that loved you and still do.

Jody

Jody McFarland
high school friend

April 19, 2008

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their kind words about my father.I'm sure he's looking down wishing all of you well and safe passage..Thank You, Brad Hurdle

Brad Hurdle
Son

March 3, 2008

Sir,

I know your son, and you should know he thinks the most of you, and is so proud of you. From an active Deputy in completely different part of the country I want to thank you for your dedication and service. God bless you and your family.

1st Sgt. Anthony D. Miser
DeKalb County Sheriff, Indiana

March 3, 2008

30 years later, but not forgotten!!!
We LASD Academy class #369 wish to dedicate our class to the memory of fallen Deputy Didier M. Hurdle. Out of respect for family and friends we would like to first request permission to dedicate our class to Dep. Hurdle. We would like to speak to family, friends, partners anyone who knew Dep. Hurdle.
Thank you, LASD academy class 369

Recruit Hooker, Jason
LASD Academy Class #369

January 27, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 27, 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
Sergeant
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

September 12, 2007

I CAN ONLY WISH TO BE AS GREAT A DEPUTY AS YOU. I READ THE REFLECTIONS LEFT BY YOUR FRIENDS. LOS ANGELES COUNTY HASN'T CHANGED MUCH. IT'S BECOME MORE VIOLENT. THERE'S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND YOU WOULD BE LEADING THE FIGHT TO STOP IT. GOD BLESS YOU.

DEPUTY RAMON ESCAMILLA
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.

September 8, 2007

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