Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in honor of two members of the Capitol police force, Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut, who lost their lives in the line of duty 15 years ago today. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
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“Mr. Speaker, as the Speaker has said, later today Members and staff from both parties will come together to remember the tragic shooting that occurred 15 years ago in this Capitol.
“When a lone gunman tried to enter the building through what we now know as Memorial Door, U.S. Capitol Police Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut – Gibson from Virginia, Chestnut from Maryland – courageously placed themselves between the gunman and not only all of us who serve here but all of us who visit here.
“They gave their lives, Mr. Speaker, to protect this institution that is the foundation of our democracy. And they died protecting the many people who come here each day to serve our country, to see their government in action, and put so much of themselves into making America better and stronger and safer for us all.
“On this day and every day, let us remember Detective Gibson and Officer Chestnut’s heroic sacrifice, and let us appreciate the dedicated and often-unsung service of the United States Capitol Police personnel who stand watch every hour over our safety, our lives, and our ability to perform our duties without fear of violence. May God bless their families and keep us safe.”