McConnell Honors USCP Fallen On 25th Anniversary Of Capitol Shooting
‘I know my colleagues join me in extending our sympathies to the families of Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson and to their comrades in the Capitol Police. America will never forget their service and sacrifice.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the anniversary of the USCP shooting:
“I need to begin my remarks today by acknowledging two solemn anniversaries.
“Yesterday marked twenty-five years since a deranged gunman shattered the calm of a summer afternoon here at the Capitol. Twenty-five years since two brave members of the United States Capitol Police – Officer Jacob Joseph Chestnut and Detective John Michael Gibson – paid the ultimate price to keep us safe.
“The senseless tragedy of July 24, 1998 robbed two families of beloved husbands and fathers. It deprived fellow officers of devoted colleagues and friends.
“But that day, the sacrifice of Officer Chestnut and Detective Gibson saved lives. They protected the lawmakers and staff who come here to work, the tourists who come here to encounter the heart of our democracy, and the institutions of Congress, themselves. And they reminded an entire nation of the vital service the men and women of the Capitol Police render honorably every day.
“Time will not heal the pain of losing these fine men.
“But in a special way today, I know my colleagues join me in extending our sympathies to the families of Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson and to their comrades in the Capitol Police.
“America will never forget their service and sacrifice.”
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