ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Samuel Gibson was laid to rest Wednesday.
At Bayside Church in Roseville, Gibson was remembered by the many people his life touched, from his fellow K-9-unit officers to those who served with him in the Marine Corps.
“He saved a person who attempted to commit suicide by jumping onto the freeway. He maneuvered a tour bus through traffic, climbed on top of the bus and caught the individual as his grip failed,” recalled one of Gibson’s colleagues.
Two of Gibson’s sisters spoke of his childhood and how he always worked to protect them.
“Letting them cry on his shoulder and threatening to flatten the men who dared messed with his baby sisters,” said Emily, Gibson’s eldest sister.
On the night of Jan. 18, Gibson, another deputy and a K-9 were shot by a suspect at Cal Expo who refused to surrender after a pursuit. Gibson died at a hospital a short time later. The K-9 was also killed.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones spoke of the grief he and his office have had to suffer too many times before.
“How can we make sense of what’s happened? How do we wrap our heads around this? Well, the truth is we can’t,” Jones said. “There is just evil in this world, and we are the guardians against that evil.”
Holding his baby daughter Sophie, Gibson’s widow, Rachel Gibson, spoke about his modesty and how he would feel about all this praise.
“Adam Sam, you’d be so mad at me for this large service but just love me,” Rachel Gibson said. “Thank you for always loving us with all your heart; we miss you so much. And like you said, we aren’t saying good–bye, but we’ll see you soon. So, we’ll see you soon. Sophie and I love you the most.”
After the funeral service, hundreds lined the streets to show their respects as Gibson’s funeral procession passed, escorted by dozens of different officers from agencies all over the state.
“I think you’d appreciate this quote by Dr. Seuss: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over,’” said Gibson’s family friend Luke Buckley, “‘Smile because it happened.’”
Gibson was laid to rest at the rolling hills of East Lawn Greenback Cemetery.
State COVID-19 guidelines allow for memorial services if certain guidelines are followed. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones sent FOX40 a statement Wednesday afternoon.
We planned it in consultation with the placer county health officer and in close collaboration with church leadership, consistent with their weekly services. Probably not evident to the public (since media wasn’t allowed inside, incidentally, as part of our safety measures) but inside we had distancing protocols, limited capacity, and mandatory mask policies. MOST of the other agencies and officers staged in the parking lot and watched on their mobile device, never coming in at all, and then joined the procession as it left.Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones