Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael Walter Johnson

Vermont State Police, Vermont

End of Watch Sunday, June 15, 2003

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael Walter Johnson

I had the privilege of being within Mike's inner circle of friends at the University of Scranton. We have been separated by miles, but have still maintained a close knit group. Mike had such a love of life, and lived it to the fullest. I will always have the memory of Mike's smile and bear hug. He was taken way too soon, but it is evident how much he accomplished in the time he was here, which stands as a barometer for the rest of us.
To Kerrie, Reilly, Grady, McKendrick and the rest of Mike's family - I can only begin to imagine the pain you are going through, but know that my prayers are with you, and my heart is heavy.
To Mike, a great friend and fellow law enforcement officer, thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and your final act of bravery...Rest in peace knowing how much you were loved.

Claire Brennan
DEA (Retired)


You were so much more than a Super trooper. Super Dad, Super husband, Super man, Super son, Super Brother and Super Friend. I can't believe its been two weeks today since our tragic loss, and what a loss it is. You are the kind of person most people could only dream of becoming some day. I look forward to the day when I can see you again. Never forget how much I love you and always will.


I never had the honor to work with Sgt. Johnson but from what I hear, I wish I could have. You dared do a job many people do not venture into. You kept us safe and you payed with your life. Not just the citizens of Vermont but yet all in this great country owe you and your family more than we will ever be able to give. May the Lord comfort you and watch over your family. JUSTICE WILL BE SWIFT AND SEVERE!


We will miss you Mike. I will never forget the night our police team played basketball against Peoples Academy. That was the first time I really got to know you and the time together was all to brief. God Bless you & your family.

Ken Libby
Vermont Sheriffs' Association

May God bless Sgt. Johnson and his family. Your fellow Troopers thank you for your sacrifice. You and your family will always remain in our thoughts and prayers.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Johnson and his family. Eventhough I did not know him personally, it still hurts to loose a brother in law enforcement. I was almost killed on 6/5/03, when a fleeing suspect intentionally struck my patrol vehicle head on. I also grew up in Cambridge, Vt and knew of Trooper Johnson. If there is anything that I can do please let me know.

Officer Matthew Drew
Desert Hot Springs Police (Ca)

I would like to say that this is a tragic thing that has happend.
Even though I did not i feel the pian that this tragic insident has left upon the family of the deccesd .

sarent WilliamO'leary
border patrol

Rest in peace, brother and fellow Vermonter.

May God be with you!


You grew from the wonderful young boy that I babysat into an outstanding, heroic role model for everyone. You have set the bar. If each of us can bring one tenth of the joy, optimism and enthusiasm into our everyday lives that you did, it would be a wonderful world. My deepest, most heartfelf condolences to Kerrie, Reilly, Grady, and McKendrick. To Skip, Marilyn, Patti, Linda, Glenn, Matt, and Danny-my words could never express the depth of my sorrow on the loss of your son and brother. Mike left all of you with a lifetime of great memories and a legacy of goodness for all the world to remember.

Love, Aunt Maureen

maureen johnson



To Kerrie,Reilly, Grady, Mick, and the whole Johnson Family,
I just wanted you to know that my heart is broken and I will never get over the fact that I was not able to be there for you at the funeral. Even though I was physically in N.J., my thoughts were with you. I keep seeing Mike's bright eyes and sweet smile and I just know that he is up in Heaven playing basketball and Sandy is on the sideline cheering him on. There is no way to comprehend this tragedy except to say that Heaven must have needed some cheering up.

Jodi Dixon
College Friend

My the Lord Jesus comfort your family, friends, and partners as we grieve the loss of not only a brother in law enforcement, but a husband, father, and friend. Psalm 91

Trooper Mike Lee
Michigan State Police

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Sergeant Johnson for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Johnson. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Craig, widow of
Captain Tom Craig, Arkansas State Police, EOW 12-14-00

You will not be forgotten.
God bless you and your family.

Trooper Matthew Birmingham
Vermont State Police

Our prayers go out to you and your family. We know all too well the great loss that you feel. We will remember you and your family in our prayers. John 14:27

Mother of fallen MP Brian T. Gleason 8/9/00

Tammy Persin

Although I and many others would have liked to have been there for Mike's family on Friday,we were kept away by duty. The duty to find a missing elderly woman in Enosburg.
she was found, by dedicated hard work, something all agreed on that Mike would have insisted we continue our work.
It was the best tribute we could extend in his memory, continuing his legacy of dedicated service.
As they said when President Kennedy was assasinated;
The Torch is Passed...

Lt. Dan Begiebing
Vermont State Police- St. Albans

To the family of Officer Johnson, I send my deepest condolences. I know your loss is great and may God Bless and guide you through the upcoming days.

For you officers that are not listed here, THANK YOU for living your lives to ensure ours are safe. May God watch over you every time you put your uniform on.

Mario Moreno
Oceanside, CA

i will always remember you coach, you teached me alot and like and i will use it to get through it thanks and see you again

shane claflin
bradford, vermont

I find myself drawn...returning to this page.
You still are here. Your face greets me every time.
I reread the details, hoping for a new ending ...but none appears.
The reflections grow...I learn more about the father, husband, and trooper.
I knew you when you were starting your basketball reign.
I knew you would be great...I just didn't realize the magnitude of your greatness.
We were in the awkward years...trying to figure out life as a teen.
Now, fast-forward...your a MAN in uniform again, a husband and a father.
When I see you again...I wonder...has he changed?
A moment, he is still Mike the big kid.
Time is gone. We part again, hoping to meet up soon.
A few weeks pass...I see your face.
No smiles this time-only tears, as I read about your fate.
Gone are the hopes & dreams for future plans.
I see your children in my children's faces.
I cry to think what they will miss.
What kind of reward is this???
Those children should have their father from now to eternity.
Instead we grieve their loss.
I search for memories about you and wish I had known the MAN.
You've touched so many people.
Your life has been full, yet short.
You leave me with a new desire for greatness.
I promise I will try. "Essayons"


It is with great sorrow that one of our brothers has been killed in the line of duty. As a retired VSP member, any accident or death that occurs will also affect me since we are always brothers in the VSP. My sincere prayers and thoughts go to the family.

Retired Sgt David A. Wilson
Retired, Vermont State Police

To the family and friends of Sergeant Michael Johnson.
I am the mother of a Vermont State Trooper and can only express the deepest sympathy I feel for your loss. My son was a friend of this gentleman as well as a brother trooper. I can only think of your grief as it would effect me if I were in this terrible situation. You have the love, support and prayers of everyone. One day you will have the smiles to go with the memories that only you share. God be with you and all who loved him.


Although I did not know you personally, you've touched my
life deeply. I too have family in the police force and just can't
imagine how painful losing you must be. All of us are just awe struck at the outpouring of love and support for your family and your brotherhood. Godspeed Sgt Johnson and Thank You
for all you've done.

Denise Choquette

Please accept our sincere sympathy over your loss. We didn't know him, but feel like we did. One never thinks that this will happen in Vermont, but indeed it did. Our prayers are with the family.
Sincerely, Gordon and Jo Ann Adams


To Family of Sgt. Mike Johnson: May the Lord watch over you and Bless you all now and always. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

VSP Williston

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