The line to get inside the home of Shirley Gibson in Southeast Washington, D.C. stretched out the door and onto the sidewalk Wednesday.
Nearly 400 people, police officers and their families, streamed through for an early holiday dinner.
“This is Christmas for me. This is what makes us happy,” she said, between hugs and greetings.
She and her husband, Harrison, have been serving a turkey dinner for 20 years, in tribute to their son, Brian. At age 27, he was killed in an ambush shooting as he sat in his police patrol car at a traffic light in 1997.
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After his funeral, she tried to figure out how to get through the holidays.
Her solution? Cook all of her son’s favorite dishes and invite his fellow officers.
The first year, 15 …
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