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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. ...
Agreed to July 27, 1998
One Hundred Fifth Congress
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-
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,
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
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
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),
(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.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.
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