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Corrections Officer II Joseph Brian Gomm

Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Reflections for Corrections Officer II Joseph Brian Gomm

Dear Officer Gomm,
Thank you for your service and sacrifice and to his coworkers and family, myself and the Keepers of Kaos wish to express our condolences for your loss.

Sergeant Russell Hamilton
CDCR Retired
Founder, Keepers of Kaos FB

July 18, 2022

Officer Gomm. We will always remember you. Please protect us and our families.

CO J. Han

February 2, 2021


I write this now because I finally have the strength to not cry as I express my emotions/feelings. It has been more than two years since I last saw you. My heart still hurts, I still can not sleep, I still am angry and still grieve for losing you. But better days shall come in the future and I will never forget you...Brother. I was with you in your final moments holding your hand and telling you, "I got you...I'm here Joe." I'm glad I was there to comfort you and let you know, you had one of your many friends there right by your side. Love you Brother...It is never Goodbye, but I'll see you later. R.I.P. brother.

Corrections Officer II Gabriel Yanez
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections Stillwater Prison

August 5, 2020

Memorial service to be held for slain MN corrections officer on one-year anniversary

PUBLISHED: July 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Corrections will host a memorial service Thursday in honor of Joseph Gomm, who was a corrections officer slain at the Stillwater Correctional Facility.

The ceremony will be led by the Department of Correction’s Chaplain Marty Shanahan, and Commissioner Paul Schnell will also speak. A moment of silence will be held, and a bench and rock monument in honor of Gomm will be unveiled.

The 1 p.m. ceremony will be held at the flag pole on the lawn of the historic warden’s house directly across the street from the Stillwater prison.

Gomm was bludgeoned to death while working in the prison’s industry building on July 18, 2018. An inmate, Edward Muhammad Johnson, a 43-year-old serving time on a murder conviction, has been now been charged in Gomm’s death with murder.

Gomm was a 16-year veteran of the department that was remembered as as dedicated officer who looked out for others.

Retired Police Officer

July 15, 2019

Officer Gomm will always be remembered. His service forever honored. His family and colleagues are in our thoughts and prayers.

Surviving parent G Birkholz
Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

June 29, 2019

Rest in peace Corrections Officer II Gomm.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 25, 2019

You are thought of every day by myself and all of your brothers and sisters at work, we will never forget your sacrifice. Tomorrow I will begin the trip to the wall in Washington DC. I will being going there for you and our other fallen brother, Joe Parise, This will be the trip for the two Joes. It will be about two things, it will be about the two Joes, and it will be about their families. Hero's live forever and will never be forgotten. You are missed greatly by all who knew and worked with you. Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

May 8, 2019

Today one of the miles I ran was in memorial and remembrance of you sir. Rest easy brother.

Lance Corporal Thomas Graham
South Carolina Highway Patrol

April 20, 2019

Rest easy, sir. We've got the watch from here

Juvenile Detention Officer David Reed
Shelby County Juvenile Detention

February 25, 2019

Rest easy brother. We have the watch from here

Cp Clinton Walker
Arkansas Department of Correction

November 28, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. We've got the watch from here.

Officer B. Erickson
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

November 8, 2018

Thank you Officer Joseph Gomm for your unselfish and dedicated service, you have made a positive difference and we will not forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for the rest of us. “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13 on National LE Memorial). God bless you and may you rest in peace.

SAIC Bill Chandler (ret)
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

September 25, 2018

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 27, 2018

I hope everyone can find comfort in Revelation 21:4 where it says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Until we see him again in Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 14, 2018

Rest in Peace Officer Gomm, you will never be forgotten!

Sgt Josh Nyce
Broward Sheriff's Office

August 6, 2018

R.I.P. BROTHER Gomm!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

August 1, 2018



August 1, 2018

I pray that all his family and friends feel God's healing hands of comfort during this time of grieving.

Travis Voeltz, Case Manager
James River Correctional Center Jamestown, ND

July 30, 2018

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times and please pass these feelings onto Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm family.

CBP Officer (retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protection

July 29, 2018

Although I never met you we are brothers
Although we never spoke I still hear you
Although I never been in your presence I still feel you
You have took the walk many could not
You have braved situations many could not have imagine
And you have sacrificed all and stood your last roll call.
We salute you and pray for your soul.

Captain James E. Johnson Jr. (Retired)
SCI-Graterford Prison (Pennsylvania)

July 29, 2018

Rest In Peace brother we will hold the line from here

Correctional Officer Anthony Milini
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

July 28, 2018

Rest in peace, Officer. You did a difficult, thankless job in a difficult and thankless place.

Officer Draves

July 27, 2018

Thank you Corrections Officer Gomm for your dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Minnesota. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

July 27, 2018

Rest in peace Brother.

Lieutenant Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

July 27, 2018

Please excuse the unintentional error on my previous reflection. It should have read as follows. On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Joseph was killed in the line of duty.

To the Gomm family, fellow correctional officers, and all who call Joseph beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Correctional Officer Gomm gave to his community and the citizens of Minnesota and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 18th, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 26, 2018

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