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H.Con.Res. 311 (rds) Honoring the memory of Detective John Michael Gibson and Private First Class Jacob Joseph Chestnut of the United States Capitol Police for their selfless acts of heroism at the United States Capitol on July 24, 1998. ...


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        H.Con. Res.311
                                         Agreed to July 27, 1998        

                       One Hundred Fifth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the twenty-seventh day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-
                                  eight


                          Concurrent Resolution


 
 Honoring the memory of Detective John Michael Gibson and Private First 
  Class Jacob Joseph Chestnut of the United States Capitol Police for 
their selfless acts of heroism at the United States Capitol on July 24, 
                                  1998.

Whereas the Capitol is the people's house, and, as such, it has always 
  been and will remain open to the public;

Whereas millions of people visit the Capitol each year to observe and 
  study the workings of the democratic process;

Whereas the Capitol is the most recognizable symbol of liberty and 
  democracy throughout the world and those who guard the Capitol guard 
  our freedom;

Whereas Private First Class Jacob ``J.J.'' Chestnut and Detective John 
  Michael Gibson sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of 
  hundreds of tourists, staff, and Members of Congress;

Whereas if not for the quick and courageous action of those officers, 
  many innocent people would likely have been injured or killed;

Whereas through their selfless acts, Detective Gibson and Private First 
  Class Chestnut underscored the courage, honor, and dedication shown 
  daily by every member of the United States Capitol Police and every 
  law enforcement officer;

Whereas Private First Class Chestnut, a Vietnam veteran who spent 20 
  years in the Air Force, was an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police, 
  and was married to Wen Ling and had five children, Joseph, Janece, 
  Janet, Karen, and William;

Whereas Detective Gibson, assigned as Representative Tom DeLay's 
  bodyguard for the last three years, was an 18-year veteran of the 
  Capitol Police, and was married to Evelyn and had three children, 
  Kristen, John, and Daniel;

Whereas Private First Class Chestnut and Detective Gibson were the 
  first United States Capitol Police officers ever killed in the line 
  of duty;

Whereas Private First Class Chestnut and Detective Gibson, and all 
  those who helped apprehend the gunman, assist the injured, and 
  evacuate the building, are true heroes of democracy, and every 
  American owes them a deep debt of gratitude: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That--
        (1) Congress hereby honors the memory of Detective John Michael 
    Gibson and Private First Class Jacob Joseph Chestnut of the United 
    States Capitol Police for the selfless acts of heroism they 
    displayed on July 24, 1998, in sacrificing their lives in the line 
    of duty so that others might live; and
        (2) when the House of Representatives adjourns on this date and 
    when the Senate adjourns or recesses on this date, they shall do so 
    out of respect to the memory of Detective John Michael Gibson and 
    Private First Class Jacob Joseph Chestnut.
  Attest:

                                 Clerk of the House of Representatives.

  Attest:

                                               Secretary of the Senate.

Pages: 1

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