Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Gilbert J. Mast

Tulane University Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 20, 1996

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Reflections for Sergeant Gilbert J. Mast

My best friend worked with Gilbert. I was and still am a state trooper for LSP. From what I know he was a good man, loving husband and father. God rest his soul and bless his family.

Master Trooper Michael Verdi
Louisiana State Police

January 23, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Mast.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 1, 2019

After 20 years, still recall receiving the news of this most tragic event. Gil was not only a man who loved being able to serve his community as a Police Officer but valued and contributed to others as to how one might become a better Police Officer and Leader

Tom Burns, Sgt (Rtd)
Victoria Police (Australia); Police-L Member

January 19, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th anniversary year 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 20, 2012

"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
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

February 11, 2008



January 12, 2008

Sgt. Mast, today marks the 11th anniversary of your murder. I have previously left a Reflection, but wanted to acknowledge this solemn occasion.

It broke my heart to read the earlier post by an anonymous person stating that the individual, who took you from those who knew and loved you, was out doing his best for society again. Isn’t that nice?

I’m glad your murder was mentioned, not only to press the point home that this thing should NOT be allowed to roam free, but to keep your memory alive.

God Bless you and your family and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 20, 2007

God bless you and your family. The perp(Joshua Gimblestob) is out free and was the suspect in a hit/run police chase yesterday in New Jersey. He crashed his car and was arrested by the police....and set free on bail. This death was mentioned in the newspaper. Hopefully he wont be set free again.

September 26, 2006

Sgt Mast...

I heard the officers that responded to your scene used YOUR handcuffs on the perp that killed you....

10 years later, and your sacrifice has not been forgoten, You, your family, and coworkers are in my prayers


August 14, 2006

Sgt. Mast was brutally taken by a thoughtless, selfish individual and it was Sgt. Mast's family that suffered. However, I believe he's still with his family in spirit, and always will be. His family at Tulane will also always have him near.

God Bless Sarge, Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 30, 2005

I met Sgt. Mast through a close friend and fellow police officer on Sgt Mast's shift at Tulane. He was a kind and decent man who was run over by a drunk driver he had stopped, a Tulane student who fled the scene and was captured days later when the vehicle he was in was found hidden in a local bodyshop for repairs to hide the evidence. This "poor" misguided youth had the nerve to request in court that his sentence be delayed so he could spend time with his family, while Sgt. Mast's widow and child were left with out a large part of their family. Sgt Mast, you will never be forgotten.

Master Trooper

May 18, 2005

You are not forgotten, Sir.

Sgt Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

February 3, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

January 20, 2005

Brother, God bless you. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York

March 6, 2004

And He will raise you up on eagles wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

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