Jacob Joseph ChestnutUnited States Capitol Police, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, July 24, 1998
Reflections for Officer Jacob Joseph Chestnut
Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.
Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO
December 20, 2012
J.J. I will never forget you. Iwas your sergeant/Acting Lieutenant on duty with you on the day you died. My heart still aches for you and John Gibson. I have never known any finer officers. I am sorry that I could not prevent your death nor could I save your life after you were shot. I had the honor of lowering the U.S. Flags to half staff over the U.S.Capitol building for you and John. I keep a photo of that moment displayed in my home so I never forget.
Retired Sergeant David M. Dusseau
United Statws Capitol Police
December 15, 2012
IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.
Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department
September 10, 2012
Cant believe its been 14 yrs, since we lost you Still one of the best people Ive met, RIP JJ
Fairfax County PD
July 24, 2012
On today, the 14th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as an LEO but also when you served with the USAF in Vietnam as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
U.S. Border Patrol
July 24, 2012
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
May 15, 2012
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. Today I was in the US Capitol and spoke with some of the officers who were all so polite and professional. What a tragedy this had to happen to two of our nation's finest.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 24, 2010
Officer Chestnut, I was at the NLEOM several years ago and saw your family greet the family of Detective Gibson. Sad that is how the knew each other. Not from little league or bowling. We will continue to honor you. God Bless your family.
SSA Ellen Pierson
December 14, 2009
On the 10th anniversary of Officer Chestnut's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Chestnut is not forgotten.
Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
July 24, 2008
You are remembered today Sir of Your untimely death. Thank You Sir for Your Service to this Country. God Bless You and Your Family....
Federal Bureau of Prisons
July 24, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
March 18, 2008
You did not go in vain my friend, and you will never be forgotten for protecting the people and serving the United States of America. Rest in peace always.
Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
July 24, 2007
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. On the 09th anniversary of your tragic death, may your family take comfort in knowing you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!
DET SGT, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD
July 24, 2007
I was in D.C. the day you were killed. I was visiting from Alaska with an Explorer group. My husband, Kevin Lamm, was also killed in the line of duty on January 1st of the same year. When I heard that evening that you had been killed, I felt numb inside. I instantly thought of your family, and knew what turmoil they were going through at that moment, as I was still going through it. To your family, I am very sorry for your loss. It has been 9 years now since I lost Kevin, and I continue to miss him every day. I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with you.
Wife of John "Kevin" Lamm EOW 1/1/98
January 9, 2007
Officer Chestnut...We know why you responded with dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with your Family, Friends and Law Enforcement Family. Thank you for your service.
Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC
December 26, 2006
Rest In Peace brother Skycop.
Sam Bell Jr
July 15, 2006
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called sons of god. Rest in peace Officer Chestnut.
K-9 Deputy Kevin D.Lampe #27
Finney County Sheriff's Office ( Ks )
May 26, 2006
Your dedication and commitment to your job, family, and to life itself can never be summed up in words. Your actions certainly spoke louder about the kind of person you are remembered for being during your lifetime.
Born and raised in Maryland what that man did to you and Officer Gibson felt like someone coming into my backyard uninvited and did the unthinkable. I watched your service on television with a heavy heart. I cried. The pain of someone so noble and personable to the community and his family being lost is undescribable. However, your service...it was simply amazing. A celebration of your life was carried out and it seemed as if the President of the United States was being buried that day. It was easy enough to know that someone just as important if not more was being remembered that day.
Thank you JJ for striving to make the world a safer place for so many people. You're looking down and I just know there's a smile on your face. Godspeed Officer. I salute you.
A thankful person
May 22, 2006
Rest in peace brother, may God bless you and your family.
February 24, 2006
I recall the day you lost your life. It was all over the media. Sadly, to the media, the loss of you and Det. Gibson seemed to be a footnote to the story of a man with a gun entering the Capitol. However, to those of us 'on the job', your loss WAS the story.
Your service to your country was to be admired. Thank you, God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
November 15, 2005
Thank you for your service you are a true hero.
Explorer Chris Chappell
Maryland State Police
March 7, 2005
Rest in Peace Officer Chestnut.
August 15, 2004
Officer Chestnut, I just came from a police academy graduation of new U.S. Capitol Police recruits, here at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia.
You would have been so proud . . . your wife was the speaker and addressed the class. She was wonderful . . . her words were filled with wisdom and love. I felt that she enriched my life . . . she has a special presence about her, as I'm sure you did. Thank you Officer Chesnut for your many years of military and police service . . . you are a true warrior. I will touch your name on the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, D.C., when I visit in the Spring. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer).
Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)
March 2, 2004
Our hearts go out to the family of Officer Chestnut and Officer Gibson. You can be very proud of them for their service to our country and their fellow man. May God bless you both and guide both of your families and coworkers through this most difficult of times. Be proud of them always. You served us well......RIP brothers.
Pennsylvania State Police
February 19, 2004
The policeman stood and faced his God. Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining. Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. 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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep. Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though ar times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept many unmanly tears.
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 Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't- I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, for the judgment of his God. "Step forward now, policeman, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you've done your time in hell."
Criminal Justice Major Bluefield State College
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