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Sergeant Joe Allen Gamble

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant Joe Allen Gamble

I left OSR in 1996 and based on the dates, he was hired soon after I left, but if my mind serves me correctly, we started at OSR about the same time (late 1995). I remember working with someone named Gamble in the housing units, and his picture looks very familiar to me. All I can say is that OSR was an unsafe place to work at that time with very little resources for staff. I'm so sad to hear of officers killed in the line of duty, specially in prisons where all you have is keys and a radio as deterrent. With 25 years of service in law enforcement with 10 of those being at OSP, ORS and the federal prison system, it is always heart breaking to hear the bad news. RIP Brother!

Anonymous Federal Air Marshal
DHS/FAMS

March 24, 2019

Sgt. Gamble,

although some time has passed I will not forget you! Although i left O.S.R. shortly before your passing I wanted to state to you and all that you know I enjoyed working with you. felt your impact on me has helped me to stay safer in the prison systems. you were a great role Model as a great officer.
to your family and friends thank you for the time I got to spend with you . I will always remember you as an unsung Hero to all that you know who paid the ultimate price while trying to support your Family. it was then and now my honer to Know you.
Robert A Grimm

cpl/Co 5
Texas Department of Criminal justice

September 1, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 6, 2015

All right,
I remember the day vividly in my mind. It is something that I will never forget. I was at my assigned post talking to another officer, when "HELP, HELP, HELP!" sounded over our radios. Control "Who is this and Where are you at?". The other officer and I made eye contact and knew something was very wrong. We both went to our respective spots and prepared to follow the orders that would soon be given to secure our areas and lock the Prison down. At the time, I didn't know what was going on. I just knew that my location needed to be cleared and the inmates needed to stop work and prepare to be escorted back to their cells. When the lock down was completed, I went back to the main yard and headed for the unit that the event happened in. That's when I found out that two of my fellow officers were stabbed while doing their jobs. One of them was a good friend of mine, Joe Allen Gamble.
I remember the thoughts that went through my mind. Just let me in there with that SOB, I'll show him.
Sgt. Gamble, my friend, my brother, a father, a husband, an uncle, and an incredibly awesome man. We miss you and think of you often.
I am no longer a correctional officer but consider all of you still my brothers and sisters. Be Safe and be Cautious and God Bless all of you.

Annonymous
Annonymous

May 17, 2015

Some of us see you on your beat friend. From OSR we still serve. Your friends remember you fondly, and those of us who never met you, we all visit you at least once for introductions.

Cpl. T. Blaylock, Jr.
Oklahoma DOC/OSR

August 14, 2014

I still think of joe. i was there when it happened. The best c.o. ever. 192016

donnie pearce
friend

July 7, 2014

All these years later. The memory of that day still brings about feelings of anger and sorrow.You are not forgotten Sgt.
Simpson

Sgt Sl Simpson

October 31, 2013

Gamble,
Thirteen years ago today, I too was a young 25 year old Sgt on EWCC CERT, when we got the call you had been killed. The team responded to OSR, and we stood where you had fallen, saw the bloodstained concrete, and heard from other officers what you had accomplished in your last minutes on duty. Thirteen years and two Federal agencies later, I still invoke your name and tell your story when training other LEO's with edged weapons.
You are not forgotten.

G.R.

June 6, 2013

There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends. RIP BROTHER AL & J. MOBLEY

CORPORAL AL & J. MOBLEY
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

July 15, 2012

RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 9, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. 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.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 7, 2012

I was on the dick conner's. C.E.R.T. team when this horrible tragedy happened and responded from across the state to assist the facility. A very solemn time and thought still, this is the first I have seen this page and cried when I read through it. I still remember my arrival at O.S.R. vivdly. We all know you're up there watching Sarge, keeping a vigilant watch on the world now.....

J.T. Long
Former OK. D.O.C./Now Private Security

June 29, 2011

Allen, it's been awhile since anyone posted here, so here goes.....I wished you had left the state when I tried to get you to come to the Feds, I'm sure you would still be here on earth fishing and hunting with your boys. It's sad that you didn't want to take the job even though the salary was almost double compared to state. You said to me that you love the comradery that the state boys have, and you really loved your job. You were a special person so keep an eye on us who are left here earth to watch those nobody else wants to deal with....You are missed brother...GOD bless your boys...

Anonymous

January 29, 2011

Hey Sgt. Gamble, Your not 10-8 here on Earth but I am sure you are 10-6, watching over your children and the rest of us doing the job you were doing. What you did was VERY HEROIC and will NEVER be FORGOTTEN!! To give your life to protect or save someone else is the ultimate testimony, of the kind of man you are! Never met you but I would have been darn proud to have you as my sergeant! Your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and the Citizens of Oklahoma lost a true hero when you lost your life! May GOD BLESS You and Your Family! May You Rest In Peace, Sarge!!!!!

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole Co. Sheriff's Office

January 21, 2009

Officer Gamble,

You will always be remembered as a hero who gave all for a fellow Officer in distress. Your sacrifice is being rewarded in Heaven. We have the watch now. Rest in peace, my brother!

The Correctional Officers Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage...
Courage to face and conquer my own fears.
Courage to take me where others will not go.

I ask for strength...
Strength of body to protect others.
Strength of spirit to lead others.

I ask for dedication...
Dedication to my job, to do well.
Dedication to my community, to keep it safe.

Give me, Lord, concern for all those who trust me.
and compassion for those who need me.

And, please Lord, through it all
watch over me and keep me true.

DB, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 29, 2008

Rest easy Sarge.
I pray that God looks over your family. Your loss is not forgotten. I will think of you and so many others as I walk the yard.
From a brother Officer in Az.

Correctional Officer II
Arizona Department of Corrections

August 22, 2008

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.

Correctional Officer Tommy Campbell
Kentucky Department of Corrections

April 16, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Gamble on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to comfort you all.
Heros are never forgotten. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

June 6, 2007

May Our Lord ever bless you and your loved ones.

June 6, 2007

It is with our deepest regret we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Joe Allen Gamble.

Correctional Officer P.Cabral
Maine Correctional Center

August 4, 2006

Allen,
i really don't know how to put my feeling into words, i was there when it all happened and i know that myself and alot of others relive that day so many times , we went to training together your badge number was 1250 mine was 1251 , i remember when we went to okc on our way to school we went shopping and you took hours getting sheri just the right present for christmas, i sure do miss ya and i know that sheri and the boys do , i wish we could go back and change things but we can't so we will miss you and always remember you always and forever,

karen bell ex correctional officer
doc

October 17, 2005

Sgt Gamble,

I have visited this sight a few times and have wanted to leave some words behind but never could think of what to say...I guess there really is nothing to say to make things better, make things right. Although I am no longer a correctional officer and soon enough will be out of law enforcement all togather, I still feel a bond with all correctional officers...I have worked in all facets of law enforcement and without a doubt correctional officers are the most overlooked segment of the community. We work in places people don't want to know about, we work with individuals that other people don't want to hear about, and in most cases we do it for less compensation than other types of officers...I have been asked several times "why," the only answer I can give, is the feeling I felt after briefing, when we were all bunched up at the door leading to the yard waiting for it to open and not know what the next shift would bring...I knew the folks standing around me would do the same thing you did and I was prepared to it for them...the ultimate sacrifice in order...To Protect the Public, Protect the Employee and To Protect the Offender...Gob Bless

Sgt Skip Edmonds
Formerly of LARC

To the entire family of Officer Gamble, I would like to take this opportunity to send you all my condolences in the lost of your loved one. This should not have happen, ODC  should take just a little time out to think of the  brave individuals  who are so willing to enter into the danger zone of Prisons daily to do a job that most are not brave enough even to attempt and do. I to am a  employee of a medium security Facility in Oklahoma, Every morning on my way into the danger zone I ask my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to walk in fornt of me and behind me and right beside me, This is the only confront I have and actually trust. I can not imagine how heavy your heart regarding the lost of your love one, I can only let you know that something has to change for the security of all staff in these dangerous jobs, I am just 1 willing to help in making a difference. My prayers will continue with your family daily, I too carry your pain....Sincerely, A CONCERNED CITIZEN

Ms. Rogers
Concerned Citizen

GAMBLE,


I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE HAD CAMERAS IN THE CONTROL ROOM THAT DAY SO YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN I WAS OUT OF THERE. I WISH DOC WOULD HAVE LISTENED A LONG TIME AGO FOR HELP IN TAKING CARE OF STAFF AND WEAPONS ISSUES. I WISH WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW EACH OTHER A LITTLE BETTER SO WE COULD HAVE GONE FISHING. I WILL ALWAYS REMEBER YOUR LAST WORDS TO ME. I JUST WISH YOU COULD HAVE KNOWN I WAS OUT SO YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO GIVE YOUR LIFE UP TO A MAGGOT OF SOCIETY.

I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU OR JUNE 5TH, 2000. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE ALLEN.

OFFICER W.E. CALLAWAY AKA THE PENGUIN

William Callaway
OSR

Joe


My deepest consolations to your family, friends and co-workers. Your passing does not go unnoticed. It's been too long that employers don't recognize the dangerous environment that correctional officers are constantly in. We are understaffed, underpaid and underappreciated.


CX1 Tonsaker

Paul Tonsaker
Correctional Service of Canada

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