Remembering Officer Chestnut and Detective Gibsonby Senator Mitch McConnell
Posted on 2013-07-24
McCONNELL. Mr. President, this morning I would like to start by
remembering the sacrifice of two 18-year veterans of the Capitol
Police, Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut. On this date
in 1998, Gibson and Chestnut paid the ultimate price while standing in
defense of the U.S. Capitol. We know these men fell defending more than
just the structure, though. We know they fell defending more than just
the Members sent here or even the staffs who help each of us better
serve constituents and our country. No, these men died while protecting
everything this building represents--our democratic way of life, the
freedom granted to each of us by a creator we often thank but never
We honor these men for their lives, and we honor them for the final act of heroism that ended those lives. That is why a plaque inside the Capitol commemorates their sacrifice. That is why the Capitol Police headquarters bears both of their names. That, I know, is of little solace to the wives, children, and friends left behind, but it is a small way of saying ``we remember'' when the scale of the debt owed can never truly be repaid in full.
So today the Senate honors John Gibson and J.J. Chestnut for their sacrifice, and the Senate sends its condolences and its gratitude to those who loved them most.