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Officer Gail A. Cobb

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, September 20, 1974

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Reflections for Officer Gail A. Cobb

I was a Respiratory Technician working at George Washington University Hospital on the very sad day of Officer Cobb's death, September 20, 1974. I responded to a trauma team page to the emergency room. So many police officers and hospital staff members responding, working to save her life.
To this day, April 16, 2020, I still remember the tragic and overwhelming feeling we all shared in the last moments of Officer's Cobb's life. May she always rest in peace.

Meliza Salas Manzano

April 16, 2020

Gail - As another 2nd District MPDC Officer, I will never forget that morning of Friday: September 20th, 1974 at 1111 20th St. NW. We literally arrived moments too late, since you had just been shot. Your coward murderer then fearfully surrendered, to responding Officers. Since that day I have thought of you so very many times ! Often, and especially every September 20th, I say a prayer in your memory! It was my honor to have met you ! You have, and continue to be, an inspiration to so very many. Much more still continue to hold you, in their collective memories ! There are many that know about you, Gail ! You continue to be an inspiration to generations of police officers who know, and honor, your sacrifice!

Sgt. Kevin M. McCarthy, Sr. (Retired)
Metropolitan Police Dept: Washington D.C.

December 28, 2019

Thank you,

I was fourteen years old when I met you. I explained my family problems and you helped us. I will never forget how you just wanted me to attend church. I went to church never seeing you again. As the years go on I remembered you. I looked for you from that day on. I told everybody my story about you hoping I would find you again.

I did!!

No coincidence that you died 24 years old. I started my law enforcement career when I was 24 years old. I am now 29 years old born 1990.

I tracked you down and really know who are. I am honored lost for words.

You are in heaven still working and serving.

I will never forget how I met you and everything makes sense now God sent you on a heavenly assignment to get me and my family out of trouble. You will always be close in my heart.

My sister
My Hero
My Angel

Deputy Janiece Johnson
Rutherford County Sheriff Office

November 19, 2019

It was my day off. When i returned home after a day of shopping, all my neighbors were sitting on my front steps. Puzzled, I approached my residence. Several people ran up to hug me; i knew none of them by name but only by face in passing. They did not know my name either but only that I was a police officer. They had heard Officer Cobb's story on the knews and were hoping thst I was not Gail. I never experienced before the concern of strangers and the respect for a woman who had releaded life to do her duty. As for me, I had a 28 yesr career. I thank the community support Sept 30th so many years ago. I am grateful for the community support in 1D from where I retired.

Rest in Heaven, Gail. I never met you but I will one day visit you in your Mansion.

Lt. Beverly Medlock (Retired)

September 20, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Cobb.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 20, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

September 20, 2018

May you Rest In Peace. As a female officer I will continue to honor our badge for the sacrifice you made.

Sergeant Libby Carter

September 20, 2017

Back in the mid 90's, the suspect who killed her was released after serving his jail time (20-25 years). The MPDC Delta Unit (7D) arrested him (MLK Ave S.E., WDC) in procession of a large package of crack cocaine. Upon arresting him, he was very cooperative and gave us no issues. What was odd is that he smile and stated "You know who I I'm?" I replied who? He stated "I killed the first D.C. female officer in the line of duty." After making that statement, he went dark on us and made no further statement. He is now spending the rest of his life incarcerated. May she continue to Rest In Peace.

Det. Martin

September 20, 2015

I don't remember that day as I was only 8 years old in 1974. However my father was a park police patrol officer at the time and he attended the funeral. It wasn't until years later, that I learned of Gail Cobb through my father and he said Eddie Kendricks (her favorite singer) sang at the funeral. Her picture is on display at a police station located in the district. I've been there with my father as we spoke to detectives concerning my own brother's murder. I stared at her picture for a moment and said a silent prayer. She was young...way too young and she is missed.

R. Edwards
College Park, MD resident

December 3, 2013

It is apparent that after so many years, Gail Cobb has not been forgotten. For some reason her name came up in my mind as I was watching a female officer in an episode of "Forensic Files ". Her death in the line of duty as a young black woman , was very felt in the community. She will always be a hero in the eyes of D.C. for her bravery and commitment. I remember that day vividly and if she were alive she and I would be the same age . RIP

Nettie Harris
Washington D.C. resident

April 19, 2013

Thank you Miss Cobb for your service and ultimate sacrifice. You were a leader and pioneer who changed attitudes and opened doors for so many. We remember. God bless.

Carsell H Fox Sr

January 4, 2013

It's a shame you were taken long ago, and too soon, at such a young age.

Were you still here with us, you'd be 62 years old, and who knows, maybe you could have even made chief! Well, you probably would've, with your strong work ethic.

Even though it has been almost half a century since you made the ultimate sacrifice, we have not forgotten you.

Rest well, Officer Cobb. Rest well.


December 20, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. I am sure you are proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving. The reflections left by your family and friends were touching and they are in my heart's embrace.

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

September 20, 2012

Remembering Officer Gail A Cobb September 20, 2012 who was the FIRST woman District Police Officer killed in the line of duty Sept. 20, 1974 in the District of Columbia. She was also the first woman officer killed in the line of duty anyWHERE in the country since the FBI began keeping statistics in such incidents in 1960.
Gone 2 soon but never 4gotten BLUELINE 4EVER !!

Reitred Officer Lynell Rouse

September 19, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Cobb. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Hello Gail,

While you have fallen, your sacrifice was not in vain. You story was remembered by me. The Department of Justice’s MOA would have had all of our officers’ entering buildings, alleys, and a garage with their guns holstered as yours was. We reminded the Department of Justice of you, and your story.

For now, A display of force is not a use of force.

Thank you Gail.

Gerald G. Neill Jr.

retired Sergeant Gerald G. Neill Jr

December 23, 2011

R.I.P Ofc. Cobb. It has been 37 years since your death. You will always be remembered.

Ofc. Lisa A. Nesbit
D.C. Metropolitan Police Deparment

November 27, 2011

Rest in peace Gail. You have not been forgotten.


April 13, 2011

I will always remember that day and therefore never forget you. I was still in the academy and on that day training at the range to use a handgun and rifle. Being a female officer myself it made be pause and wonder if I had made a mistake choosing to become a police officer.
Rest in Peace My Sister!!


February 14, 2011

I remember this incident although I was only 8 years old in 1974. My father was a Park Police officer at the time and attended the funneral as many law enforcement officers did. He said that Eddie Kendricks (Temptations) was there and sang because he was Miss Cobb's favorite singer. I suppose I remember all of this so well because I'am a singer.

Well it's 36 years later and I haven't forgotten your story Miss Cobb. My father now a retired Park Police detective has not forgotten either.

We are thinking of you and your family today.

Rene -No Rank
Daughter of a Park Police Detective (Ret)

September 20, 2010

You have not been forgotten.

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

September 20, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and law enforcement. True heroes never die and your memory will live on forever.

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

March 15, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Cobb.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 19, 2008

God Bless you Gail and may God watch over your family.

I remember reading about you while studying to become police officer back in the mid 1980s. I share the pain of your family as my father Waverly Brown was also gunned down by bank robbers and is listed here on this site. The things that connect our families is kind of odd but know one thing; you are not forgotten and will never be forgotten. This is the hardest time of year for both of our families but I know one day we will see you and my dad again.

Capt. GM Brown (Former)
US Postal Service Police

October 12, 2008

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