Every year Shirley Gibson opens her home to the police officers of Washington, D.C. She and her husband husband Harrison do this in memory of their son Brian, who was gunned down while sitting in his police vehicle at a red light. The couple have held dinners shortly before Christmas for the brave men and women of the DC Metro Police to honor all their sacrifices. Sadly, at 70, Shirley has said this will be the last year.
She seems like a sweet lady. When asked about her event she said:
“All of these Officers come into my house and hugging…and you feel their service weapons on their sides and when they hug me, it feels like my Brian.”
When she went to the store for supplies a few days before the dinner she was met with a brief ceremony where dozens of police officers came to thank her for her 20 years of dinners.