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Johnson Remembered

by Bobby Blair
May 16, 2018

Former law enforcement members gathered at St. Mary's Cemetery Tuesday morning for Police Memorial Day.

Retirees from the local department chat before a ceremony honoring Patrolman John Johnson. Above L to R, Norm Gillen, Keith Edison, Jim Peterson, David Gatchell and Larry Marsell.

Johnson was gunned down on August 13th 1981, he was 31 years of age. His killer remains behind bars. Three generations of the Johnson family attended the ceremony.

Also in attendance were former Police Chief Bill George, Rep. Carolyn Dykema and Fire Chief Mike Cassidy. A reception was held at the conclusion of the ceremony at the Historical Society. Fifty four police officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2018 with an average age of 39. During the past year the department lost two of its former officers, Robert Morse and Bruce McKinnon.

 

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