Senate and House Honor the Sacrifice of Two Fallen Capitol Police Officers

Source: Office of the Speaker of the House
On July 24, the Leaders of the House and Senate gathered with
the families of Officer
Jacob Chestnut
and Detective
John Gibson
for a wreath-laying ceremony. Chestnut and Gibson were slain on
July 24, 1998 while defending the Capitol from a gunman who entered through the
Document Door entrance.
By an act of Congress in 1998, the Document Door was renamed
the Chestnut-Gibson Memorial Door. Every year, the sacrifice of these law
enforcement officers is honored with a ceremony and a moment of silence.
Detective Gibson was a Capitol Police officer assigned to
Congressman Tom DeLay’s protection detail. Officer Chestnut was a Capitol
Police officer who was on duty at the Document Door entrance. Both officers lay
in honor in the Capitol rotunda—Chestnut was the first African American to
receive that honor—and are now buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Both
officers’ names are also engraved on the Memorial wall.
Thank you, Detective Gibson and Officer Chestnut, for your
ultimate sacrifice.