Tate and Coursen Remembered - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/09/03

Tate and Coursen Remembered

The ceremony at the Beaufort Baptist Church. The ceremony at the Beaufort Baptist Church.

One year ago, someone shot and killed two Beaufort County sheriff's deputies in the line of duty. Last night, friends, family, and fellow officers remembered them and other fallen officers in a special ceremony. It was certainly an emotional night, and those attending tonight's service were glad that the ceremony was done in an upbeat fashion. Public servants from all over the Low Country gathered to celebrate the lives of their comrades Dana Tate and AJ Coursen.

"I was working on Lady's Island that night, at the time it occurred. I heard the call go out over the radio," recalled PFC Jason Sweeney.

"The call went out as shots fired and we didn't hear radio contact with the officers," added Cpl. Gene Rowell. "We were really concerned."

January 8, 2002, is a day that's played over and over in the minds of these deputies.

"For a lot of folks I think it's been a really rough year," said Rowell.

But last night wasn't just a night to remember those who died in the line of duty. It was a time to pay tribute to those who are still risking their lives today. Tate's widow DJ wanted her late husband's colleagues to know she admires their courage.

"After such a horrible, tragic event that happened to my husband, these men and women had to put back on their badges and uniforms, and it was very hard for them," she said.

A commemorative candle was lit for each of the deputies and troopers who lost their lives serving Beaufort County, reminding some officers how lucky they are.

"I took a moment to reflect and remember I'm here today," said Cpl. Rowell.

But it also reminded them of the dangers they face each day. Every 74 minutes a police officer is killed somewhere in the US. One deputy told me it's night's like lasr night that remind them just how dangerous their jobs are.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Annual jazz concert raises money for children's day camp

    Annual jazz concert raises money for children's day camp

    Sunday, June 17 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-06-17 23:20:32 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Folks took time to enjoy the smooth sounds at Congregation Mickve Israel on Sunday evening for the second annual Benefit Jazz Concert. The concert raises money for Camp Lighthouse, a day camp for children. The event featured Teddy Adams and a quartet. The event also honored numerous people. Among them was Rabbi Robert Haas, members of Congregation Mickve Israel, Fathers Mark Ross and Daniel Firmin and members of St. James Catholic Church. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights res...

    More >>

    Folks took time to enjoy the smooth sounds at Congregation Mickve Israel on Sunday evening for the second annual Benefit Jazz Concert. The concert raises money for Camp Lighthouse, a day camp for children. The event featured Teddy Adams and a quartet. The event also honored numerous people. Among them was Rabbi Robert Haas, members of Congregation Mickve Israel, Fathers Mark Ross and Daniel Firmin and members of St. James Catholic Church. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights res...

    More >>
  • Lowcountry firefighters spend Father's Day battling house fire

    Lowcountry firefighters spend Father's Day battling house fire

    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:16:27 GMT
    (Source: Burton Fire Dept.)(Source: Burton Fire Dept.)

    Firefighters across Beaufort County spent their Father's Day in the heat and humidity battling a house fire that nearby neighbors say could have been caused by a lightning strike.  Burton and Port Royal firefighters were dispatched after taking a call for a house fire at Market Street in the Habersham development just before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Crews arrived to fire billowing from the roofline of a three-story building.  The Lowcountry heat and humidity began to take its ...

    More >>

    Firefighters across Beaufort County spent their Father's Day in the heat and humidity battling a house fire that nearby neighbors say could have been caused by a lightning strike.  Burton and Port Royal firefighters were dispatched after taking a call for a house fire at Market Street in the Habersham development just before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Crews arrived to fire billowing from the roofline of a three-story building.  The Lowcountry heat and humidity began to take its ...

    More >>
  • Father's Day showers expected until late evening

    Father's Day showers expected until late evening

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:58:11 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Relaxing outside this Father's Day afternoon? Showers and thunderstorms will continue drifting across the Coastal Empire and Low Country into the early evening hours. Since these storms aren't moving fast, you can expect water to collect on roadways if you're caught under a downpour. The good news is that we will be much drier by sunset, meaning your dinner grilling plans are still a go! 

    More >>

    Relaxing outside this Father's Day afternoon? Showers and thunderstorms will continue drifting across the Coastal Empire and Low Country into the early evening hours. Since these storms aren't moving fast, you can expect water to collect on roadways if you're caught under a downpour. The good news is that we will be much drier by sunset, meaning your dinner grilling plans are still a go! 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly