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Officer Douglas E. Gibbs

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 1, 1977

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Reflections for Officer Douglas E. Gibbs

Rest in peace Officer Gibbs.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 29, 2021

Doug was my fathers partner, though he was not with him that day. He talked about the incident from time to time, even may years later. He only had good things to say about Doug and his family.

SSgt Damian Musante

December 30, 2020

Doug and I were childhood friends, Lawton, Giannini ,Lincoln and SFPD. His parents were wonderful people, Earl and Dorothy. Dad was a candy salesman, Doug’s garage was the best place to be growing up. Always think of him, RIP Doug.

Ass. Chief

June 19, 2019

In past years, He and I bowled at Bagdad Bowl on 26th ave and Noreiga(closed in 1973) as often. I never forget him, He was good guy and husky guy too. Hey a wait a min, when I drove on sunset blvd, You know what he do...hitchhike so I stop quick and i got puzzled why he do that? so I found out that he was drunk in one in morning LOL, took him to his parent's house.. oh boy! I really missed him. Also I would to say Doug's wife Laurie "HI". ( if you remembered me, am only deaf bowler) God bless you and family.

steven m grainer

October 21, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 40th anniversary of your EOW, you are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 1, 2017

Officer King Cowdin, Just to let you know, I have been trying to have it moved to a better location, A Group of Retired Officer are now working on that move, One of the things we need is for a member of the family to give us the OK to move it!! His Wife and 3 Daughters moved away after his death on Oct. 1, 1977, If anyone can help us out Please e-mail me at or

Sgt/Insp. Richard Alves
San Francisco Police Dept. Retired

October 28, 2013

Today i was at Lake Merced south were officer Gibbs
Memoriale is.
What a shame it is coverd with trash dump of grass clipings over grown were you can not see it painted.What a shame how soon nobody cares.

Fish&Wildlife Tech/King Cowdin
California Fish and Game

October 18, 2013

I was on that day and still am today a radio news reporter in San Francisco.
I covered your funeral and just happened to be the last person at your
graveside as darkness started to fall. Even though 35 years have
passed I wanted you to know that you are not forgotten.

Mike Colgan

November 13, 2012

Officer Gibbs,
On today, the 35th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

October 1, 2012

Thank you everyone

Steve Vogel

September 10, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

I did not know Officer Gibbs. But I onviewed the shooting from the public health ambulance. My partner, John Parker and I picked up Officer Gibbs and transported him to SF General. He was probably in the hospital within 6 minutes of the shooting. There wasn't much we could do do to the severity of the wound.

Andy Mora, Ambulance Paramedic
San Francisco Public Health at that time

March 2, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 24, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 26, 2007

"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

September 20, 2007

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

Corporal Timothy J. Zuniga
UC Berkeley Police Department/and NativeSan Franciscian

February 25, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

November 23, 2004

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