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Chief of Police Rufus Nicholson Gilbreath

Wink Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 1, 1929

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Reflections for Chief of Police Rufus Nicholson Gilbreath

Chief Gilbreath,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wink. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 1, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 1, 2018

Rest in Peace Chief Rufus N. Gilbreath. Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Wink, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that if there was some conspiracy in your death that the hounds of hell forever pursue them.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 4, 2016

As a grandchild of R.N. Gilbreath I wish to set forth the circumstances of the death of R.N. Gilbreath , Chief of Police of Wink Texas. I was told about his death when I was around four years old and to this day the story has not changed.
I was told that he had witnessed two men dragging a teenager to death behind a vehicle. That he would not live to testify to his observations. And He Didn't. Does it seem strange that the jailer called Chief Gilbreath to come relieve him at the jail (or police station/jail) so he could run a errand and return to his job. Next - How often do revolvers fall from a holster and shoot the carrier in the wrist and the nose? Is it more likely that someone entered the area, held a gun to the Chief's face and Chief Gilbreath held his hand in front of his face as a instinctive act while that some one was pointing the hand gun at his head?

Jerry Jernigan

January 22, 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 1, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd 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.

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

June 1, 2012

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 22, 2006

Chief Gilbreath,
It has taken over 77 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wink.



December 19, 2006

Rest In Peace.

Special Agent D. Paul

December 18, 2006

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