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Lady's Island park dedicated in memory of two lowcountry deputies


The community came together Friday to honor and remember two fallen Beaufort County sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty.

Family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered as officials dedicated the new park on Lady's Island in memory of Cpl. Dyke "A.J." Coursen and Lance Cpl. Dana Tate, who were killed in the line of duty more than 10 years ago while responding to a domestic call in Burton.

While Jan. 8, 2002 was a sad day, many say now is the time to celebrate and remember.

"It's a great day, a great turnout," said Sheriff P.J. Tanner. "The dedication was no double deserving for both men and we'll never forget them. We defiantly won't forget them and this is just another opportunity to remind ourselves of the dedication, the service and the commitment they gave to Beaufort County."

"It means a lot to me," said Marie Tate, Dana Tate's wife. "It's a beautiful day and the park is just what Dana was all about, which was family and friends getting together."

"We jumped all over it when the offer was made because this is a park where children will play, families can come and have a picnic. It has the football fields and diamonds," said Sheriff Tanner.

Through this park, their memories will live on for generations to come.

The Coursen Tate Memorial Park is located on Springfield Road on Lady's Island.

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