Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Waverly Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1998

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Reflections for Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, you have four new angels in Heaven today helping you guard the gate ;). I know you, as well as all the others, were there to welcome them home. Please send some extra strength down to all the survivors today. I pray for strength and peace for those that became survivors yesterday and the ones that are reliving their own loss because the pain never goes away. i love you....

Laura
spouse

November 30, 2009

Your mom and I talked for a couple hours last night. You are still missed so much by so many people. Your memory lives on in our hearts every single day.

Laura

October 12, 2009

Hey daddy its been awhile since my last reflection but I think about you everyday. I am 31 weeks along now and I'm having a girl. We have the nursery pretty much finished, and it is so beautiful. We put my lamb chop lamp in there that you got me and my minnie mouse clock too. I am so excited about being a mommy, but I am nervous too. But I know that I will raise her right because I am going to raise her just like you raised me. I'm goin to teach her to be a lady just like you taught me. I wish that you were here to take all of this in with us, but I know that you are looking down on us and smiling. I will make sure that Isabella knows everything about her papaw and what a wonderful man and father he was. Every night before we go to bed me and Rodney will lay down and talk to her and then we will put my cell phone on my belly and play "Love of My Life" (mine and your song) and she will start kicking like crazy; its so neat.
Everyone is doing really good and they miss you very much and can't wait to see you again. Kristopher and Allen are getting so big, and everyone says that they remind them of you and uncle Doug when you all were there ages. We all are staying busy trying to get ready for the baby shower. I know that you will be there in all of our hearts.

I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH DADDY!!!
and no matter how old I get; I will always be your little princess...

Crissana Gibson Summers
Daughter

August 19, 2009

Today's been a hard day. Grief has a mind of it's own. It's frustrating b/c you are going alone in life just fine - or so you think - and then all of a sudden BAM a bad day hits you out of nowhere. Tomorrow will be better....

Laura

August 17, 2009

Your beloved wife's poem really struck me, having recently been lucky enough to come home after something similar to your tragic incident happend to me. My prayers will be with your family. Rest easy we have the watch from here with you and all the other heros by our sides.

NJ officer

June 3, 2009

happy birthday... you would have been 37 today. :-(

Laura

May 4, 2009

Allen, I am also remembering that the 25th in almost here. It's still hard to believe even after 11 years. Like Crissana, my faith lets me know you are in a far better place. I was thrilled when your Mom told me Crissana's good news. She is in my prayers. See you later . . .

Pam

Pamela D. Diehl
Former Co-worker and Friend

April 20, 2009

It has been a while since the last time that I left a reflection and I'm sorry it took so long. Things have been good and everyone misses you so very much. This coming Saturday is the 25th and it will be a hard day to get through. I think about you every second of everyday and I miss seeing you, but I know that you are in a much better place and that you are watching over us all. Everyone is doing really good. Rodney wanted me to let you know that even though he never got to meet you he loves you so much and he is so happy to call you his father-in-law. He takes such good care of me and he loves me so much. At our wedding he said that the only way it would be complete was to have a photo of you sitting right beside us and to have a candle lit in your memory. I know that you already know this stuff but I still like to tell you about it. I also want to tell you congradulations on being a papaw!!! I am almost 14 weeks along and we are so excited. If we hava a little boy we are going to name him Allen James, after you and Rodney's dad; and if we have a girl we are going to name her Issabella Shaye. I wish that you were here to see all of the great things that are happening but I know that you are watching from above. I love you so so much daddy and I always will, and don't worry, I will ALWAYS BE YOUR LITTLE PRINCESS!!!! I love you and like we would always say, I will 1025 you again. I love you daddy

Crissana Gibson Summers
Daughter

April 19, 2009

I LOVE AND MISS YOU DADDY.. I'LL ALWAYS BE YOUR LITTLE PRINCESS!!!

Crissana Gibson Summers
Daughter

March 22, 2008

I hope you have a wonderful Easter in Heaven. I'm sure the celebration up there has nothing to do with eggs and the easter bunny...it's all about CHRIST! (That's the way it should be down here too!!!) Enjoy the celebration!!!

Laura

March 21, 2008

Hey I know you of all people would think its corney for me to write you on this stupid computer but just wanted you to know you was a great friend a great cop just good and there isn't a day I don't think of you or Dad tell him I said hi.And take care....:(

Kenneth Russell
Bother-in-law and He was my partner at Waverly PD.

February 28, 2008

May your sleep be sweet and may your loved ones be ever blessed by Him who loves us all.G-d Bless.

January 9, 2008

just wanted to wish you a merry christmas up there, allen. i'm sure the celebration is marvelous, and so much more than we can ever imagine down here. i hope all you guys know how much you are truly missed. it seems that it's somehow twice as hard around the holidays, if that's possible. i can still remember my last christmas with cole. please take care of him, and if you guys get a chance, send us some love down here. :)

love,
jessi

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas! Tell Jesus I said Happy Birthday!! Know we still love and miss you down here even though we haven't spent a Christmas with you in ten years. Doesn't seem right but I know you're in a better place and we'll all meet again one day. Until then your memory lives on in our hearts....

Laura

December 24, 2007

Allen, Although I never got the chance to meet you. I have heard many stories about you. I attended the police academy a few years ago and my seat was right in front of your picture. Just wanted to let you know that you have touched the lives of so many people even the ones that never got to meet you. Our thoughts are with your family. Keep an eye on all of us brother and we will meet in Heaven soon,

Ptl. Eric Deskins
Lebanon Police Department

November 30, 2007

how strange is it that i woke up kinda in a bad mood today.... but it's the 25th.... again.... i really hate that date, and i know laura probably does too. it doesn't matter what month it is or how many years have passed. i can't believe it's almost been a year since i wrote on your page. so many times i think of you. i never met you but it's incredible how connected i feel. i haven't been able to talk to laura as much lately. i moved into a new house and didn't have the internet. it's almost impossible to fathom how long you've really been gone. i can't imagine being in laura's shoes in a few years, but unfortunately i will be. in just a few months, you will have been gone for 10 years, and that is just mind-boggling. one of her messages below captured what i've been thinking. sometimes it seems like all this just happened yesterday and sometimes it truly seems like decades. i don't know why it happened to us. sometimes i think we must've done something wrong or not loved you guys enough. but i know that's not true. i still have dreams about cole. and everytime i do, i'm a mess the next day. i know laura understands. i wonder what life is like for you guys up there. i know you're all friends now, just as me and laura, and other girls i've met have become close. we have this bond. it's almost like being sisters. that bond can never be broken. we understand each other even without having to say a word. i would love to meet laura someday.... instead of just talking through e-mail! haha! she is simply fabulous, and i know you knew how lucky you were to have her love. well, allen, please take care of my baby up there. he can be so hard-headed sometimes! ;) send some love down to laura, too, so she knows you still watch over her.

love,
jessi

November 25, 2007

Yesterday was your favorite holiday (Halloween). I thought of you and how much you liked to play tricks on people! It's weird how I still remember the little things like that. I guess that's what keeps us going on without you.

Laura

November 1, 2007

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I try to religiously check this site to see if someone new has remembered you. I am glad to see you touched so many lives in the short time you were in law enforcement. I know you loved being an officer more than anything. I still enjoy law enforcement and the great guys I work with. It's been nearly 8 years now since I got hired on with Patrol Division. I think everybody in this line of work just hopes somewhere down the road we made a difference and I believe you did. Keep watching over us and until I see you again, know I love you.

Laura

October 22, 2007

Hey Allen I was just reading through all these reflections and felt like talking some more I've really not metioned you much I guess cause it bothers me so much. I've not been able to get down to see your family in a long while and when I did which was right after all this happened I couldn't look your mom in the face with out crying. I know you know how I feel and I hope they do its just hard. You know you were the one that picked me up from work and took me down to the hospital were they had brought my dad who had just been killed in the Coal Mines. I just couldn't hang with you. I didn't make much of a Police Officer after you left us so I went and became a Coal Miner like Dad. I promise I will suck it up and get down to see your Mom, Dad, Doug and Chrissana, it just sucks losing to good people tell dad I said hello and I love ya....

Lumpy
Friend

October 19, 2007

I got Allen his job at Waverly Police Dept. and he lived with me up in Waverly he was also my Brother-in-Law. I was with Allen in the Woods that day his life was stolen and his family lost something words can't describe.He treated everybody supper nice, he did his job professional and I just sure miss him.Everybody that reads this know this: We all lost something great that day...I guess we will all see you soon Allen take Care....

Lumpy
Friends

October 19, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

September 30, 2007

Sometimes it feels like yesterday and sometimes it feels like it's been a million years since you were taken from us. Wonder if it will ever really "sink" in. It's just so weird. Unless somebody has been down that road they have no idea the emptiness you carry inside you forever.

Just thinking of you....

Laura

August 28, 2007

i just wanted to take this time to express my sympothies to the family of Allen, and his friends... i knew both Allen and his brother Doug in highschool... being a former police officer myself, and having a twin brother that is a police Lt. i too have faced the utter emptiness and loss felt when brave officers are taken from us... Allen along with people like myself do a job that most dont want to do, and for that i comend him and everyone else that dares to wear a uniform... rest in peace brother...

Erik Miller
Wallens Ridge State Prison

August 24, 2007

VERY touching poem. Its nice to see that after all this time, you still write to your husband. I just graduated from the police academy in Georgia, and it sounds like I could have learned alot from your husband. Thanks for the poem, it was beautiful.
Kenny Grant

Kenny Grant
Richmond County Sheriff Dept.

June 20, 2007

Just missing you today, thinking of you, and wondering how things would be today if you hadn't been taken away from us that day. I love you.

Laura

June 10, 2007

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