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In Memorium: Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle, San Diego S/D, CA; EOW: Sunday, February 16, 1997

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10-12-13: This memorium is in remembrance of a deputy who was killed in 1997. His daughter, Chelsea, recently became a PL member. This memorium will remain as long as she is a member of this site.


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Deputy Sheriff Patrick Steven Coyle
San Diego County Sheriff's Department

California
End of Watch: Sunday, February 16, 1997




Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 8 Years
Badge Number: 0966


Cause: Aircraft accident
Location: San Diego, California
Incident Date: Sunday, February 16, 1997
Weapon: Not Applicable
Suspects: Not Applicable




Deputy Coyle was killed and a another deputy was injured in a helicopter accident. Deputy Coyle died of his injuries approximately 3 hours after the crash, which occurred at 7:44 pm.


The two deputies were looking for possible trespassers when the Hughes 500 helicopter suddenly lost power and fell from the sky. The tail was sheared from the helicopter on impact but the passenger compartment was left largely intact.


Deputy Coyle had served in law enforcement for 8 years.


He is survived by his wife and two small children.


 


 


                                                                                 


This Information has been provided courtesy of the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 


"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

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Thank you for your service Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle. ... Belated Condolences to the Family, Co-workers, and Friends.


Rest in Peace, Deputy Coyle.


 


                                                                                              


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Rest in Peace, Brother!! My Condolences to the Family, Friends and Co-Workers!!



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** A Special Note **


Sheriff's Deputy Patrick S. Doyle's Daughter Chelsea is a Member of Police Link: cec5655


My Belated Condolences again, Chelsea!!!


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This Article Courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff's Department:


 


DEPUTY PATRICK STEVEN COYLE



The news of his death stunned the law enforcement community throughout the region. After all, Patrick Steven Coyle was one of those larger than life individuals. His enthusiastic love of life and outgoing, casual demeanor made folks instantly at ease in his presence. In his life, Coyle exemplified love for his family, friends, and career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.


Coyle's last assignment was with the Aerial Support Detail/ASTREA, where he worked as a Tactical Flight Officer aboard the department’s helicopters. He lost his life on the evening of February 16, 1997, when the helicopter he was flying in crashed during a patrol mission. This was the first fatal accident in ASTREA’s 25-year history. He was just 42-years-old.


Oceanside Police Chief Mike Poehlman was a long time personal friend. They started their careers together in law enforcement 25 years ago as Police Explorer Cadets.


"All he wanted to be was a street cop," Poehlman said. "He wanted to be where the action was."


 Coyle's personal life, however, was far less intense.


 "Pat was a generous, big-hearted man who was able to touch many people in his short but full life...a real family person, very devoted to his children and helping young people in the community," Poehlman said.


Coyle's family was the cornerstone of his life. His wife Jackie, daughter Chelsea and son Cory were his biggest admirers, and he never hid his unconditional love and commitment to each of them.


Many who knew Coyle remember him flying around the county in his small airplane, delivering copies of the Pacific Flyer newspaper; a chore he gladly undertook because it gave him an opportunity to spend time with his son.


Beyond his family, aviation was Coyle's greatest passion. He was an accomplished private airplane pilot who attained his instrument rating. He even owned an airplane for a period of time.


 Thus, Coyle's assignment at ASTREA fulfilled a long time dream. It allowed him to combine his passions of flying and being a cop.


 In his role as a Tactical Flight Officer, he approached his job with a dedicated and proactive approach, earning him a great deal of respect from his peers. His other family, the flight crews at ASTREA, will always hold him in high regard.


 "THE MASTADON"


 Coyle's many genuine qualities, sense of humor and infectious laugh are more than fond memories. Stories about him are still shared today by those who knew him best.


 One of the all time favorites is the tale of how Coyle earned his nickname, "The Mastadon".


 On one of his very first days assigned to ASTREA, he attended a unit rescue training exercise in rural east county. Since he was the “new guy”, he was given the task of monitoring the radio for calls.


 While everyone was gathered around in a tight group watching an instructional demonstration, the radio crackled to life. "ASTREA One.” Everyone immediately tuned in. The communications center was looking for a helicopter.


 But curiously, Coyle didn’t acknowledge the call in any way. Surely, he heard it.


 “ASTREA One….. ASTREA One…… ASTREA One…”, the dispatcher continued.


 The lack of response from Coyle drew the attention of the entire group. Someone finally spoke up and asked him if he heard them calling.


 With a straight face and absolute sincerity, Coyle said, “Oh, they weren’t calling us, they were calling "Mastadon".


 Apparently, Coyle must have believed the communications center occasionally broadcasts random extinct mammal names just to see if anyone is paying attention.




The name stuck, and from that minute forward, Coyle was forever "The Mastadon". What made it so fitting was his large physical frame.


 In reality, Coyle was a big teddy bear. He was a generous friend, a respected aviator, cop, and wonderful, loving family man. He was a truly unique individual who is greatly missed by all who knew him.


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Chelsea, You and I have chatted a little bit about your father.  As I have stated in PM. I remember that day even though I was in Los Angeles County at the time.  His death as a result of the crash of the ASTREA airship had a very far reaching and significant effect.  By all accounts that I remember reading then, just as I do now, your father was a giant of a man, not only in his professional career but more important, to his family, his wife and to you and your brother Cory as husband and father.


Before the world was, God asked, "Whom shall I send?"  Then He who we know to be our elder brother, even Jesus Christ came forward and said, "Here I am Lord,  send me." and eventually took upon himself the burden of the cross and the sins of all men.  On the day of February 16, 1997, God asked, "Whom shall I send?"  Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle dawned his uniform, pinned on his badge and answered, "Here I am Lord, send me."  And so it was that Deputy Coyle took flight in ASTREA ONE of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. He was the angel on the shoulders of his brothers and sisters on the ground and he did it well.  For what ever reason, we may not ever come to know in this life, on that day, Deputy Coyle was called home and welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior and his God and heard the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Well done.  Enter into the kingdom of My Father."


May God grant you the peace and comfort that is yours, the knowledge that your father looks down upon you every day and protects you as he patrols the heavens.  May you know that in the coming day, that in His time, you will see your father again.  Just as our Heavenly Father does, your father wants the very best for you.  He is proud of what you have become, wants you to be happy and to know that he is always close by and that you will always be his little girl.  All you have to do is to look up.


Rest in peace my brother Deputy Coyle.


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Rest in Peace Deputy Coyle...My condolences to you and your family Chelsea.


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 RIP Deputy Coyle. 


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Rest in Peace Brother!

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Rest In Peace Brother Officer and daddy to Chelsea and Cory. God took you so many years ago but you are never ever forgotten.


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Rest in peace, Deputy Coyle.

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 Rest in Peace Brother. 

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Rest in Peace brother !

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R,I,P. Brother.

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 RIP Deputy Coyle

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RIP Deputy Coyle.

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 R.I.P. Deputy Coyle. 


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 Rest in Peace Deputy Coyle.

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R.I.P.

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Rest In Peace Brother!

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 Rest In Peace Brother !!

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Rest in peace, Deputy Coyle.


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God comfort the family and friends of dear Deputy Patrick Steven Coyle, who served so well.  Bless and keep them.

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Rest in Peace, May God watch over your family and department.

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 May Deputy Coyle and all who know and love him find peace. Thank you for your service, sir.


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Rest in peace Deputy Coyle... My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers....

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