Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Waverly Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1998

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Tonight I will be leaving and making the trip up to Waverly for the opening of The Allen W. Gibson Jr. Park! I am so excited and happy to know that the town of Waverly is still keeping your memory alive. I will be meeting up with Summer and Pam and they will be with me for this wonderful dedication. It is so hard to believe that you have been gone for so long, but I know that you will always be in our hearts and that you watch over us everyday. Your two beautiful granddaughters will be the first kids to play at the park and they are beyond ecstatic to play at "papaw Allen's park" as they call it. I know that you will be there with all of us tomorrow. We love and miss you so much and I know that we will see you again someday!

Crissana Gibson
Daughter

June 25, 2016

I never really knew who you were but I had talked to you on the phone when u was in boot camp with my brother. A lot of years later I met this beautiful young woman,this beautiful young woman is your daughter.I got to know a lot about you and take pride in who you were and what you stood for. You have two beautiful grand daughters and even though we are not together anymore we both make sure they know who their papaw Allen is and truly what a man u were.I want to thank you for what u did and for letting me be a part of your daughter and grand daughters life.thanks love n miss you father in law.

Rodney summers
son-in-law

June 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, Allen. You would have been 44 today. :(

Laura
Wife

May 4, 2016

04.27.96 – 20 years ago today, I became your wife and this was our song.
The moon and stars aren't mine to give
Neither is eternity
But I'll give you a promise tonight
That I can keep-

Long as I live
Long as I breathe
With every heartbeat
I'll need you near me
I won't leave you behind
'Til the Lord says it's time to go with him
I'm yours…long as I live

04.27.98, on our 2nd wedding anniversary, I picked out your casket. I remember the pain I felt. I thought I was going to die it hurt so much. I remember crying and screaming and praying to God it was a nightmare…but it wasn’t. It was my reality. You were gone. Life has been hard, but God has helped me through it. Now, I try to help others in my situation. Those young women left behind to make sense of everything. I try to give them hope. Let them know they will make it through this with God’s help. No, it won’t be easy and it won’t be overnight, but it will get better. I hope I make you proud. Thank you for all the laughs and many memories. Until we meet again,
Love Always,

Laura
Wife

April 27, 2016

04/25/98 - 18 years ago today, you were tragically taken from us. I have no new words to say. Life sucked for a really REALLY long time, but thankfully I am in a much better place now. I will always keep your memory alive in my heart and never forget your sacrifice. Enjoy Heaven and give my dad and brother a hug for me. I miss you all so very much.
Love Always,

Laura
Wife

April 25, 2016

Well, as you know my dad has joined you. I imagine you helped welcome him home. I'm sure you all are catching up and up to no good by now. I miss him so much. Take good care of my Daddy and watch over us from above. Love Always,

Laura
Wife

February 23, 2016

Christmas in Heaven - Scotty McCreery

December hasn't changed
This town looks the same
They still light that tree in the city square
There's red, white, and green shining everywhere
And I wish you were here
And I wonder......

Is the snow falling down on the streets of gold
Are the mansions all covered in white
Are you singing with angels silent night
I wonder..... what Christmas in Heaven is like

There's a little manger scene
Down on Third and Main
I must've walked right by it a thousand times
But I see it now in a different light
'Cause I know you are there
And I wonder......

Are you kneeling with shepherds before Him now
Can you reach out and touch His face
Are you part of that glorious holy night
And I wonder.....
What Christmas in Heaven is like

Laura
Wife

December 15, 2015

Sometimes the road just ends
Changes everything you've been
And all that's left to be is empty
Broken, lonely, hoping
I'm supposed to be strong
I'm supposed to find a way to carry on

I don't want to feel better
I don't wanna not remember
I will always see your face
In the shadows of this haunted place
I will laugh
I will cry
Shake my fist at the sky
But I will not say goodbye

They keep saying time will heal
But the pain just gets more real
The sun comes up each day
Finds me waiting, fading, hating, praying
If I can keep on holding on
Maybe I can keep my heart from knowing that you're gone

Cause I don't wanna feel better
I don't wanna not remember
I will always see your face
In the shadows of this haunted place
I will laugh
I will cry
Shake my fist at the sky
But I will not say goodbye

I will curse
I will pray
I'll relive everyday
I will shoulder the blame
I will shout out your name

I will laugh
I will cry
Shake my fist at the sky
But I will not say
Will not say goodbye

Allen, even after 17 years, I will not say goodbye. :(
Will not say goodbye
Will not say.....

Laura
Wife

August 21, 2015

I just cancelled my trip to DC for police week. Sorry I won't be there to visit your name. A friend of mine said she would visit it for me. My dad found out he has stage 4 oral cancer and they are doing extensive surgery at UVA this week. Please watch over him. I know how much you loved each other. Please help him get better. He means so much to me. I cannot imagine my life without my daddy. :(

Laura
Wife

May 11, 2015

Happy birthday in Heaven, Allen! You would have been 43 today. :(

Laura
Wife

May 4, 2015

Happy 19th wedding anniversary. :(

Laura
Wife

April 27, 2015

Today is your angelversary. I hope you are enjoying Heaven. I sure do miss u. :(

Laura
Wife

April 25, 2015

April 25th is quickly approaching. It lands on a Saturday this year. The same day you were killed 17 years ago. I can still remember falling to the floor screaming, begging God to not let this nightmare be my reality. In a way it seems like an eternity ago and in a way it seems like just yesterday. Even after 17 years, I still love you and cherish our many memories.

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

April 23, 2015

As I walked in the police station this morning to go to work, I looked up and saw the thin blue line on the wall. For some reason, it made me think of you and wonder what you’d be like today. I can’t believe I’ve been in law enforcement for 15 years now and your life was tragically cut short after just 2 years. It’s just not fair. Some days it seems like 04/25/98 was an eternity ago and some days it feels like it was yesterday. I hate you were taken from us so soon but know you will never be forgotten. You are always missed, thought of, and loved.
Always in my heart,
Laura

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

January 15, 2015

Your name looks so beautiful on the wall at the new memorial in Richmond. I am so thankful that your sacrifice will never be forgotten by others.
Always in my heart,
Laura

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

December 8, 2014

Remembering you on this Veteran's Day. We will never forget you, nor the sacrifice you made. I will always keep your memory alive.
Love Always,
Laura

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

November 11, 2014

I think about Allen often . I was there when he was born and his parents were so excited and a beautiful baby. I still have the picture when he was 8 months old holding him. Never ever thought that his aunt would hear of his death. But reflect that he was a good man and he did what he wanted to do.
He is missed but never be forgotten. I will always hold him my heart.

Elizabeth Gibson Moderzinsky
Aunt ( by marriage)

October 16, 2014

Thanks for doing your job bravely. I am also grateful to the US atorney's Office for getting you justice after the local prosecutor failed you. Rest in peace brother.

Special Agent Jim Croft
Former Waverly Deputy Chief

July 22, 2014

Thank you for doing your duty bravely. I am also grateful that the US Attorneys Office pitched in to get you justice when the local prosecutor failed you. RIP brother!

Special Agent Jim Croft
Former Waverly Deputy Chief

July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Allen! You would have been 42 today. I still remember your last birthday. We went to your favorite restaurant and had the best time. I miss you. Love you always.

Laura
Wife

May 4, 2014

Happy Anniversary. It would have been our 18th. Thinking of you today and always. :(

Laura
Wife

April 27, 2014

04/25/98, 16 years ago today you were shot and killed just because you were doing your job. Yes, I’m still angry about that. Nobody should be killed just for doing their job. You didn’t know the worthless drug dealers that decided you should be shot and killed on a beautiful Saturday morning. You didn’t have a chance. There were 3 of them and they held you down while the one shot you, intentionally shooting you below your body armor where you were not protected. That makes me so angry. They had no right to take your life, or to take you away from me. But you know what? Those worthless men get to spend the rest of their life behind bars until they die. No, that doesn’t bring you back to me, but at least its justice.

16 years sounds like such a long time ago, and yet to my heart it was only yesterday. Being told the awful news, the gut-wrenching screams, the endless tears, and knowing I couldn’t do anything to stop it. You were gone. Forever. I was so young. I needed you. I just don’t understand why it all had to be. After giving a description of your shooters and telling your partner to tell us you loved us, you then asked him to pray with you. You prayed until you slowly lost consciousness. I know you were in pain and it was scary because you knew you were dying, but there is no doubt in my mind that the minute you took your last breath, you woke up in Heaven and now you are rejoicing with the King! You loved God so much! You were the Sunday School leader in our church and I remember you singing to God in the car even without music. You loved The Lord and now you are spending every day with him. Well sweetheart, even after 16 years there’s not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. I will love and miss you until we meet again in Heaven.
Love,
Laura

Laura
Wife

April 25, 2014

I miss you so badly. The pain never goes away. You live on in my heart, but what I'd give to hear your laugh or see your contagious smile one more time. Send me strength, as I make it through the rough days ahead. I love u.

Laura
Wife

April 15, 2014

Faith Hill – You’re Still Here
I had a dream last night
That you came to me on silver wings of light.
I flew away with you in the painted sky.
And I woke up wondering what was real,
Is it what you see and touch or what you feel?
‘Cause you're still here

No, I cannot see you. But I feel you; I know you’re still here.
Even after 15 years, I remember you. Your smile, your laugh, your voice, your singing (even if it was usually off-key..love ya honey:), your sense of humor. There are just so many reasons why I will love you until we meet in Heaven once again. Until then, please send me strength to endure the hard days.

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

November 18, 2013

All gave some, some gave all
Some stood through for the red, white, and blue
And some had to fall.
And if you ever think of me, think of all your liberties
And recall...some gave all.

Thank you for your sacrifice, even though we still wonder why it had to be you. Thinking of you on this Veteran's day and always. Love you...

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

November 11, 2013

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.