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Chief Deputy Brian Keith Gibbons

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, June 11, 2006

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Brian Keith Gibbons

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

June 11, 2020

Chief Deputy Gibbons' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-30-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

July 30, 2016

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

June 15, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 6th 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 the solace of 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 family and 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 11, 2012

You are not forgotten sir, Its been 6 years next month and I remember it like it happened yesterday. Telling you to have a good night after relieving you from your shift at 4 p.m.; the initial call into the office, (I can't remember who took the original call, but know that Jim, Caroline, and Jeri Sue were all there, that part is a little fuzzy); arriving first on scene to your crash; Chris, Don, and I flipping your car over while 20+ onlookers just stared in horror; ripping the door off the squad car while you screamed and cursed everyone pleading to be left alone while your femur stuck out of your leg; and your beautiful daughters luggage that was sitting on the passenger side of the car, you were so excited, I believe she had just come to stay with you for a while. Watching Carol try to hold back tears as she and the others on the ambulance tried to treat you; Patrolling the rest of the night just trying to stay out of Sheriff's Meyers hair, he was a complete mess; Being told on Saturday that you might survive as it was thought you were improving, unknown at the time that your internal bleeding had not stopped; Don calling me on Sunday morning that you had passed; Being too scared to even to go work, not knowing how Sheriff Meyer was taking the situation; and watching the community come together in the next week and a half to pay respects like I have never seen before or since; Remember carrying your casket out of the Church in Jerseyville and again at the cemetery, knowing no matter how hard it was, I was not to cry; I succeeded by not looking down, not looking at the crowd of people mourning you. No, You are not forgotten. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Rest in Peace good Sir.

B.P.A. D. Spudich
Department of Homeland Security

May 31, 2012

Rest in Peace, Chief Deputy Gibbons. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 21, 2012

Brian, its been four years but we remember like it was yesterday. We will never forget. RIP Brother.


June 12, 2010

It has been Four years. It doesn't seem that long we all miss you very much


June 11, 2010

Brian, Four years brother and I still think of you everyday. And Ill probably will continue for a long time. Just want you to know that I still think of you and will be over to see you later on today. Keep an eye out for all us down here. Friend Always.

J. Horman Jr.

June 11, 2010

It has been just over three years. It doesn't seem that long. While I didn't know you, I wanted to say that I as well as many people do still remember. We will never forget you. Rest in peace Brian.


June 12, 2009

Where does time go? I can not believe it has been three years that you have been gone. It seems like we were just talking yesterday in the office. I stopped by and had a talk with you the other day, but I dont have to tell you. I just want you to know that I miss ya bud. Its just not the same without you.

J. Horman Jr.

June 11, 2009

To Chief Deputy Brian Keith Gibbons, his family and his fellow officers with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Chief Deputy Gibbons’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Chief Deputy Gibbons and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

June 11, 2009


God bless you this holiday season. You are missed by many and lives are not the same without you, however they can be at peace knowing you are in a better place.


December 27, 2008

As someone who didn't know you, it is my honor to pay tribute to your life and memory. But the best tribute is all your family, friends, co-workers, and loved ones who have paid tribute to you on this page, for it is in their hearts more than anywhere else that you will live forever. May we all like you live a life that is worth remembering. God bless all those you left behind.

Angel in AL

October 4, 2008

May your family find comfort in knowing that you are not forgotten for the sacrifice you made 2 years ago. May they be proud of you today and always,

Jennifer Mayo, sister of
Deputy Hilery A. Mayo Jr. STPSO La. E.O.W 6/9/07

June 11, 2008


It's been two years since your accident, two very LONG years. They say time heals all wounds, but I'm still waiting for it to get better.

I hope you and Uncle Darrell are getting into mischief up there having a great time - you both deserve it - but don't forget you are still missed by so many people.

Joy Gerson

June 9, 2008

"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

December 30, 2007

Thinking of you and your family during these rough Holiday season. Watch over your family and co-workers. You are a Hero and will not be forgotten.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

December 28, 2007

Today was a very sad day for me as I opened one of the local papers and remembered like those that today was your birthday. It brought so many thoughts back, so many memories, never a regret though. I know you knew what you meant to me and my family. You were such a dear friend and we will never know the truly great cop we lost that day. I often tell people without a doubt that you were going to be the next sheriff of this county, and I believe its true. You definatly would have changed this place for the better....I remember you everyday, I look down at my badge at work and see that green pin they presented us at your funeral. I take a lot of pride in that pin, knowing that in your death you were still giving yourself to someone else. I miss you everyday, and all the long talks a.k.a confessions we had. As soft-spoken as you were I was determined to break you outta that shell, who knew once you started you wouldn't stop :). The world lost an amazing human being that day and I will always carry a place for you in my heart. You were one of the only people who came to see us when we had this tiny baby fighting to survive and grow and I will never forget the dollar dance when you came late and told me I was just getting the best last. I believe you were the best Brian, all around just the best.....and I love and miss you everyday. One thing I am sure of is that it's not goodbye, goodbye is forever, it's I will see you later

Ashleigh Wallendorf

November 19, 2007

Brian as the one year anniversary of your passing went by it was very tough. I still remember the last time I saw you before we left. I remember talking to you on the phone the day before the accident. I miss you a lot more then I ever imagined. You were everything I wanted in a brother and it felt just so close. I miss you everyday. Megan does too and I know you've been watching us. I know it was you who woke me up the other night. No matter how crazy that sounds to all else, I know it was you who saved me from myself. I thank you. I know how much of a true hero you were. I know that you were everything I hope to be. I know you'll be here guiding me through my crazy life. Being the big bro watching over my shoulder. I wish I could just sit and joke with you one more time. one more night of you and my sister wrestling on the living room floor. One more night of you keeping Megan and I awake on the route. One more night of goofing off and eating food and watching TV and making fun of Megan and Justin. That day we left I will never forget the hug you gave me and the noogie as you told me to be a good little brother. I miss you tons and can't wait till the day I get to see you again. I love you Brian! I hope you're doing well up there! Miss you.

Michael Cathorall

July 12, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this first anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them, protect them, help them with their grief and let them know you are in their presence. You will never be forgotten as you are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

June 11, 2007

May you rest in peace and may you and your loved ones be every blessed.

June 11, 2007

Brian I was present at the memorial for you and other brother/sister officers on this day. All of us tuff cops with something in our eyes, it was very tearful! You should have been there, oh but you were!
As I proudly stood behind your wreath during the memorial refecting back on moments you and I have shared; things I had forgotten but recalled this day.
You were there, standing with me as you always did on all those "tuff" situations we handled together! Brian today was tuff, and like always you there, if only in sprit you were there! Together we stood and did it again, I couldn't have done this without you. You were there if only in memory but you will always be there. I stated before that I can remember my friend, and I choose to remember my friend!

Chief Deputy Mike Rexford
Friend Calhoun County Sheriff's Dept.

June 4, 2007

Brian was a classmate of mine in sessin 84 of the police academy. I just returned from the Illinois police memorial in Springfield for the fallen officers of 2006. It was a very nice tribute to our fellow fallen brothers. Brian as I remember from the academy was quiet but a very nice and caring person. I am glad I got to meet Brian and an honor to have went through the trials of the police academy with him. Session 84 "Never Give Up"

session 84 classmate

May 3, 2007

Brian, nearly a year has past since your watch ended. Having had the pleasure to work with you for a short period of time before you moved on to Calhoun Co., and then to still remain your friend afterward, I feel compelled to write tonight, as I prepare to leave for Calhoun Co. in the morning.

I was, for the first time in my life, in Washington D.C. this week. On Wednesday morning, we went to the Law Officer's Memorial Wall just as the names of our fallen brothers and sisters from 2006, including yours, were being inscribed onto the wall.

As calm, serene, and somber as those moments were, I have also never been more proud to be a police officer. This pride is attributable to you and the 17,000+ other names on that wall who have paid a higher price than one should have to pay, but a price that we have all accepted that we might have to pay.

And for that Brian, I thank you, I thank ALL 17000+ OF YOU.....


Dave Shook #296
East Alton, IL PD

April 27, 2007

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