Visionary police chief remembered

Published On: Jul 27 2012 11:40:33 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 30 2012 12:49:21 PM HST

A visionary, leader, and a man deeply respected and loved. Chief Douglas Gibbs was remembered in a special memorial service with friends and colleagues.

HONOLULU -

He was a dedicated officer who served 22 years with the Honolulu Police Department, and who some say, died too young.

"He was a true friend," said Retired Major Butch Robinson.

"Doug was the guy who would lay his life on the line for you. Tough," said Chester Hughes.

"He was just one of those kinds of special people," said Retired Major Dave Benson.

Generations came out to remember Chief Doug Gibb on Friday.

"He really took the job seriously and he really stood up for his rank and file. He was proud of his men," said Chief Gibb's son Kale Gibb.

"I am standing on the shoulders of giants. I am standing on the shoulders of Chief Douglas Gibb, and that is no small feAt and I thank him for making the police department what it is today," said Chief Louis Kealoha.

Chief Gibb was known as a local boy to the core.

He was born on Kauai, a Punahou grad, and started with the Department in 1967.

In 1983, he was named HPD's sixth chief, leading for 6 years, and being one of the youngest chiefs in the department's history.

He was considered an engine behind Operation Hukilau which cracked hundreds of crimes, as well as a program called D.A.R.E. or Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

He's also credited for working to open substations island wide.

Still, his family said he had the time to be the kind of father a son dreams of.

"Fishing trips to Alaska, up north to Canada," said Kale Gibb.

When he retired 1998 he moved to Iowa to be near his daughter and her family.

Gibb, 72, died on July first after a battle with cancer.

"It's kind of hard to believe Doug's gone. We just have so many wonderful memories," said Benson.

"He will be a friend remembered for forever in fondness and aloha and love," said Robinson.

Chief Gibb is survived by his wife Melanie, Daughter Diane, Son Kale, Brother Charles, Sister Christina and three grand children.

The family would prefer donations be made in Chief Gibbs name to the Honolulu Police Relief Association. 

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