Survivors: Those who go on living after a loved one has fallen
We hear the stories in the news of officers being killed in the line of duty. Each year we add to the list of those who valiantly served and gave the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the citizens of their community. But after the funeral is over, what happens to those left behind? How do they rebuild their lives?
As Ride4Cops has traveled across the country, we've met hundreds of survivors who have found the strength to carry on. Here are the stories of just a few of the people we have had the privilege to meet.
Shirley and Harrison Gibson – Washington, D.C.
Shirley and Harrison Gibson lost their son, Master Patrol Officer Brian Gibson, when he was gunned down in the early morning hours of February 5, 1997.
Trina and Deidre Scott -- Nashville
In pursuit of a hotel robbery suspect on June 7, 2002, police officer David Scott's patrol car was hit by another vehicle. When his car spun out of control and struck a guardrail, David, 42, was trapped between the seat and the steering wheel. He died after the car burst into flames, leaving behind his wife, Trina, and four daughters, the youngest just four years old.