Police Officer Jermaine GibsonCathedral City Police Department
Late Friday night, March 18, 2011 Cathedral City police officer, Jermaine Gibson, was killed when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed, while chasing two men in a stolen vehicle.
Cathedral City Police Lt., Charles Robinson said Officer Gibson, of Beaumont, 29, tried to pull over a car around 11:30 p.m. on Date Palm Drive, just north of Interstate 10. His car burst into flames after striking a palm tree on the east side of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Two fellow officers pulled him from the wreckage.
The suspect’s car continued to drive north on South Palm Canyon, where it, too, crashed into a palm tree on the 600 block. One person was thrown from the car during that crash, while the other was trapped inside the car when it burst into flames. Palm Springs Police spokeswoman Rhonda Long said the two people inside the suspect car were arrested and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Their names were not available. One of the two men inside was a state parolee.
Officer Gibson, a former United States Marine, served two tours in Iraq and was recipient of three Purple Hearts. He started out his law enforcement career as a volunteer Police Explorer in Richmond, California as a teenager. In 2007 he became a sworn officer with the Rialto Police Department. For the past 18 months he has worked with the Cathedral City Police Department. Officer Gibson was a tenacious officer who believed in the profession and making a difference in the community. Officer Gibson was recognized, just last week in Riverside, for his efforts to identify and arrest drunk drivers by MADD.
Officer Gibson was married about a year ago to his wife, Jessica. Four weeks ago they became the proud parents of a son, Jermaine Jr.
Officer Gibson was laid to rest on Friday, March 25 at Riverside National Cemetery. Officer Gibson will be missed by all his friends and family.