Chris Gibson, longtime school resource officer at Lake Highlands High School and community officer with the Dallas Police Department, was remembered in Austin Sunday evening along with others who died in the line of duty. Gibson died January 2, 2022, from complications of COVID-19.
Fellow law enforcement, friends and family gathered at the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial, where 58 new names were etched into the granite wall. Gibson was one of four men who died serving the citizens of Dallas County, including Sr. Corporal Arnulfo Pargas (Dallas Police), Officer Brandon Tsai (Grand Prairie Police) and Officer Steve Nothem (Carrollton Police).
Since it was established in 1999 on the grounds of the state capitol, the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial has been engraved with the names of more than 2,000 individuals. Visitors are invited to trace the names of their heroes and loved ones along with the date of their “end of watch.”
Gibson was born in Hammond, Louisiana in 1967, where he was a faithful member of Greenfield Baptist Church and a stellar athlete. He earned a scholarship to play football at Grambling State University, his mother’s alma mater. While there, he met wife Dana and committed to serving Dallas as a community police officer.
He worked for DPD for 25 years. In addition to his wife, he left behind two young daughters.