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.

IT HAS BEEN ALMOST THREE YEARS SINCE YOU LEFT US AND I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT WE STILL THINK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IS STILL FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE FOR YOU.

PATROL OFFICER
VA. STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE

Allen,



Hey Allen, I miss you so much it has almost two years now and the pain still isn't gone, but I get stronger everyday and with your example in my mind I strive to be better.  So in my heart you will always live. I love and miss you.

Diana Grubbs, Friend

Allen,



I would just like to tell you that I still love you more than anything else in the world. You have been gone over a year and a half now, but you are still on my mind every day. I know you loved being an officer, I just wished you were still here to be my husband. I miss the way you used to hold me and tell me how much you loved me and how you used to sing "You are the Love of My Life" to me. I really miss you. I will never forget you, nor will I ever let your memory pass from me. Remember Sweetheart, we will be together again, but next time it will be in Paradise.



Love Always,

Mrs. Laura Gibson

Mrs. Allen W. Gibson, Jr.

Allen, it has been over a year now since you were killed and I don't think that there is a single day that I suit up for the job that I don't think of what a good guy and a great officer you were and had the potential to be. I remember all of the fun times we had in the academy together and how you used to encourage me on those long runs. Had it not been for you coming back for me on the final PT test and running an additional half mile with me and pushing/carrying/and chewing me out, I have no doubt that I would not be an officer today, but that was you through and through brother--looking out for others all the way. I know several times we went job hunting after graduation together and I would have been damned proud and priveledged to have worked with you--I AM VERY PROUD THAT I HAD THE HONOR OF KNOWING A MAN AND OFFICER OF YOUR CALIBRE !! I carry your spirit and your friendship onto the street with me every single day !!

Officer John R. Munsey
Vinton, VA Police Department

Daddy,


I miss you very much, you are a good man. You knew how to take care of me. I miss you singing to me when we were riding a round. I miss you coming to eat lunch with me at school. I cry for you sometimes. You risked your life for others. When we are sad we light a candle for you. My teddy bear still gives me kisses and says I love you every night. Summer misses you also. I'll always love you and I'll 10-25 you again.



Love your, Lil Princess

"Crissana" Gibson

Mrs. Susie Gibson

Allen,


This is April 22, 1999. Sunday the 25th will make one year since you left us. You are on my mind everyday. There has been so many things I wish I could go back and say to you. Even though I said I love you almost everyday of your life, I would tell you many more times how much you are loved. I would tell you all over again how proud your Dad and I have always been of you. You were such a good hearted person, but most of all you were a wonderful father to Crissana. The years you had with her were cut short, but in 8 years you gave her a lifetime of Love. We love and miss you more everyday. You will live in our hearts forever.



Love Mom and Dad

Mrs. Susie Gibson

Well Bud, you were with us for so very short a time. I been doing this for a lot of years and, as did everyone who knew you, I saw a good Police Officer as well as a good man. In the short time you were here in Waverly, you left an unforgettable impression both on the people you served as well as the people you worked with. You did so much, in so little time that your passing shook us to our souls. You taught us, at times led us, and at all times, inspired us. The Department, the Town, the profession has lost one of it's best. I cannot express the emptiness I feel with you gone. If nothing else, I want to promise you, your family, your daughter, I promise.......You will NOT be forgotten.

Police Officer Mark Hones
Waverly Police Department, VA

Allen,



I just arrived back home today from spending the weekend in Washington D.C with your mom, dad and Crissanna. I think it was a real good thing for them, and it was good for me as well. Crissanna really enjoyed herself, all she talked about was you. When they escorted us to the wall where your name was inducted they had numerous police cars escorting the buses, your mom said you would have really loved it, but I think we all knew inside you were there with us. I was telling your mom about a poem I had read that I thought fit you pretty well, so here it is.



"Judgement Day"



The policeman stood before his God,

which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining.

Just as brightly as his brass.



"Step foward 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 aint,

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 tough.



But i never took a penny.

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though i worked alot of overtime

When the bill got just to steep.



And i never passed a cry for help.

Though at times i shook with fear.

And sometimes God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.



I know i don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm there fears"



There was a silence around the throne

Where the saints had often trod,

As the policeman waited Quietly

For the judgement of his God.



"Step foward now,policeman

Youve borne your burdens well,

Come walk a beat on Heavens streets.

Youve done your time in hell"



Author unknown



Allen,

we miss you....

Officer David Shidell
Waverly Police Department, VA

ALLEN AND I GRADUATED FROM BASIC SCHOOL TOGETHER IN 1995. IT'S HARD TO BELEIVE THAT YOU ARE GONE. EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE LEFT US IN BODY, THE MEMORIES YOU LEFT US BEHIND WILL LAST OUR LIFE TIME. YOU MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY AND CITIZENS YOU WORKED FOR. ALLEN, REMEMBER THE SAYING IN BASIC SCHOOL, "THIS IS A SAD OLD WORLD." MY FRIEND, YOU ARE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE NOW. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE AND DEVOTION TO TO YOUR JOB AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

Deputy Sheriff Anthony D Bates
Campbell County Sheriff's Office, VA

Allen, It has almost been a year now since you have been gone. I spoke with your mother last week and she misses you dearly. She told me that your nine year old daughter recently had an event at school called Dad's day. It must have been a difficult day for her. Your mother spoke to a graduating class at Southwest Law Enforcement Academy about your life. She is a courageous lady. You were an outstanding young man and police officer and we miss you very much.



Tony Bates Chief of Police

Wise Police Dept.

Wise Va.

Hey big guy hope upstairs is treating you well. Guess you already know its a ticket free enviornment up there ha!ha! Man it seems like yesterday we were patroling together. Wish things could have turned out different but we do not always understand gods plan. I want you to know that you have been a positive influence in my career and I think of you while im in the cruiser. I know that you are still my partner just not in body hope you continue to be with all of us out here. I'll never forget all the times we had and especially all the pranks you use to pull on all of us. Gibson i still owe you for the foot chase\cemetary prank. Good times man wish they were today. I've got 2 boys now "twins" but you already knew that. Still see a few of the guys from castlewood every now and then. For everyone who visits this site, this guy was a true hero to give up his life for the cause alot of people do not understand. You will always be a part of us allen we miss you and pray for your family.

Ptl.Thomas Hensley
Saint Paul P.D

Officer Gibson,
I am at a loss of words when I leave a reflection like this. It saddens me so, to think of how the families of these fallen officers must be feeling when these tragic events take place. Allen, I met your mother the other day at a church here in the Town of Wise, where she was speaking on your behalf. She and Chief Bates speak to people in the community, and educate them on a police officers life, and teach the younger citizens about drugs and so forth. Your mother was very proud of you my brother, and she loves you very dearly. She has to be the bravest person I have ever had the opportunity to meet. And might I add, the most proud person I have ever met, to have had you as a son. She spoke of your daughter, and that little girl misses her daddy, and seems to think of you every minute of every day. I didn't know you personally Allen, but I can honestly tell you that after meeting your mother, and listening to her speak of you, I missed out on meeting one of the best police officers that the Good Lord put a badge on. Allen, I am a stranger to you I know, but I want you and your family to know, that I think of you all every day that passes. God bless you and your family Officer Allen Gibson.

Patrolman K. Yates
Wise Police Dept.

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer. Tonight, April 25, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Patrolman Allen Gibson Jr., who died on this date 5 years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Patrolman Gibson's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

Allen, Where do I start..I cannot believe it’s been five years since you’ve been gone. I swear sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it feels like it happened an eternity ago. All I know is I will never be the same. Through your death, I've try to learn a lot. I try to never take life for granted anymore and I try to always live every day to the fullest and enjoy the “little things” in life. I treasure the very gift of life and thank God for it daily.

I am still a police officer and after three years I am still trying to do my best to uphold the “laws of the land” and make you proud. I’ve went on and gotten remarried and have a new baby girl. I know you already know that, but somehow I feel compelled to write it here for you to see. I figured since I wasn’t getting any younger that I’d better start on my journey through motherhood before I lost all patience. The night she was born we both almost died and I am still trying to recover from all the complications from the birth. And, only three months after she was born, she and I were in a very serious motor vehicle accident, along with my mother, in which we all should have been killed. It was nothing short of a miracle that we lived. As I say…we never take life for granted and I am constantly thanking God for receiving such miraculous gifts.

The fact that you were taken from us will never be explained, but I know you’re in a better place.

God Bless You, Allen…as I’m sure he is!

Love Always,
Laura

Laura Gibson-Szerokman

02-23-03 MAY GOD BLESS THE GIBSON FAMILY. A HERO THEY HAVE TRULY LOST. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER. I ALSO ASK GOD TO FORGIVE THE PROSECUTOR FOR HIS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE. BROTHER GIBSON, YOU ARE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RETIRED
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

HI DADDY!I MISS YOU A LOT.I STILL CRY OVER YOU.FOR "FATHERS DAY" DANIELLE AND I ARE GOIN TO SING A SONG FOR YOU AND HER DADDY.MY TEDDY BEAR THAT YOU GOT ME FOR "VALENTINES DAY"OF 98,STILL GIVES ME KISSES AND SAYS "I LOVE YOU".I AM GROWING UP,BUT I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR"LIL PRINCESS".WE ALL MISS YOU VERY MUCH,EVEN SUMMER AND DANIELLE.

I WILL 10-25 YOU AGAIN IN HEAVEN.
LOL

LIL'PRINCESS CRISSANA
NONE

ALLEN,TODAY IS APRIL 23,2002. APRIL 25 WILL MAKE FOUR YEARS SINCE YOU LEFT US. WE ALL FOUGHT AND PRAYED FOR JUSTICE, IN SEPTEMBER 17,2001 GOD FINALLY LET THAT JUSTICE HAPPEN. THE JUDGE SENTENCED TERRANCE RICHARDSON AND FERRONE CLAIBORNE TO LIFE IN FEDERAL PRISON WITHOUT ANY POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU AND IT'S BEEN A ROUGH FOUR YEARS. BUT NOW WE ALL SERVE GOD AND WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND WE WILL ALL MEET YOU THERE SOME DAY. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. A WONDERFUL PERSON LIKE YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. LOVE ALWAYS, MOM, DAD, CRISSANA, DOUG, TANYA, KRISTOPHER, AND BABY ALLEN

MOM & FAMILY
BIG STONE GAP,VA

HEY BUD IT'S BEEN A ROUGH FEW YEARS WITHOUT YOU. BUT YOU KNOW THAT. OUR LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING UP TO BE A BEAUTIFUL REFLECTION OF HER DADDY. EVERY TIME I LOOK AT HER I SEE YOU. I HATE THAT IT TOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO PULL ALL OF US TOGETHER. YOU WERE ALWAYS THE PEACE MAKER. YOUR DEATH HAS MADE ME REALIZE THAT LIFE IS A GIFT AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. SO LITTLE TIME IN THIS WORLD SO WE SHOULD NOT WASTE IT. I KNOW YOUR LIFE WAS CUT SHORT, BUT YOU HAVE CRISSANA'S LIFE EVEN MORE SPECIAL. NOW YOU CAN WATCH OVER HER ALWAYS. I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I KNOW OUR MARRIAGE DIDN'T LAST BUT THE LOVE WE SHARED RESULTED IN A BEAUTIFUL CHILD. THE MOST PRECIOUS THING WE COULD HAVE EVER ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER OR APART. SHE IS A VERY SPECIAL CHILD TO EVERYONE. PEOPLE LOOK AT HER AND THEIR EYES JUST SHINE. BECAUSE I KNOW YOU LOVED HER ENOUGH THE EIGHT YEARS YOU WERE IN HER LIFE TO LAST FOREVER. SO DON'T BE SAD BUD BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU AREN'T HERE ON EARTH YOU LIVE THROUGH US ALL IN OUR HEARTS. YOU LEFT A MIRACLE FOR EVERYONE TO LOVE. SHE IS A MIRACLE.OUR MIRACLE. LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER! PAM

pamela Wells
none

Hey Allen,
I can't believe it has been over three years now since you've been gone. I had a REALLY hard time after you were killed. I spent the first year wanting to die and refusing to live my life without you. Then, with a lot of help from family and most of all God, I realized that I had to pick up the pieces of my shattered life. I decided to move to a city a few hours from home and "start over". In February of 2000, I was hired as a Police Officer...Patrol Division!! I graduated the Police Academy in July 2000 and have been on the road since. Can you believe it? It's a great feeling to know your making a little difference in this sad world.

I still think about you and Crissana. I don't get to see her, but I pray that God helps her through all the things she must face in this life and that she knows I love her and always will. I was thinking the other day about some of the good times we all had. Those were the "simple days" I guess, when we just assumed we would live forever.

Allen, you watch over me while I'm on patrol and help guard me from danger. And remember I will 10-25 you again....
Love Always, your wife Laura
a/k/a Officer Gibson - Bet you never thought your name would be on another uniform, did you?


Laura Gibson

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