I am extremely sad to inform you of the passing of one of our members. LAPD Officer Brian Gossh passed away this week due to an apparent accidental prescription drug overdose. As many of you know, Brian suffered a serious back injury several years ago and has been on pain killers and sleeping aids ever since. Brian has struggled for a long time to overcome the many issues that came from this injury. Those of us who were close to Brian know what a kind, sweet heart he truly had. Brave enough to be completely open about his sexual orientation, Brian was one of the few who has been out since day one of his academy training. He walked year after year in the gay pride parade when others were too afraid to be seen by their peers. His courage and honesty were the reasons he was chosen to be interviewed for the video "Gay Cops: Pride Behind The Badge." I personally still show portions of this video and Brian's interview to each and every recruit class at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy.
Brian will be deeply missed. Please pray for his close friends and family as this is obviously a very difficult time for them. And let us remember Brian for the wonderful, kind and personally courageous man that he was.
Don Mueller - GPOA President
A brother may not always be a friend. But, a friend will always be your brother.
Earlier this week I viewed the Gay Cops Pride Behind the Badge documentary that Brian was featured in on hereTV. com for the first time. After searching for more information about him, I was saddened to learn that he had passed. Even after his death, his courageousness continues to touch the lives and inspire those like myself who never had the chance to meet him. He lived as a hero by serving his country as a law enforcement officer and made a difference that will help so many officers in the future.
Although I am in the documentary Gay Cops, Pride Behind The Badge, I never got the chance to meet officer Goosh. The movie was shot over several weeks around the Los Angeles area, so most of us were never in the same place at the same time. Still, I was very impressed with his determination and his outspoken attitude. It's a shame that his life was cut so short. It's nice to know that his image and thoughts will live on, in this video, for future LGBT law enforcement candidates to see.
My dear friend i've just heard this tragic news and still i cant believe that u've gone...in April u told me ur going to visit me this summer,but ur phone was silent, ur messenger was off, my mailbox was empty...then i saw the posts on ur site yesterday....how? why? i still refuse to believe. Ill remember u forever, in me u will live forever. Rest in peace