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Reserve Sergeant James Milton Johnson | Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Reserve Sergeant

James Milton Johnson

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, November 11, 2004
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Reflections for Reserve Sergeant James Milton Johnson

 

Why do people do Reserve Work? Why do people take an unpaid job that you can be killed doing? Because it is what this country was founded on service to your county, state, and country Some people tell me I am crazy when they find out being a Reserve is an unpaid position I say it is community service just liking working in a charity to help people It is a calling to be a Reserve and few are called

My prayers go out to this officer family may god wrap you in his embrace

Sgt Johnson I say well done you served your fellow man and left a lasting legacy of what being a true american is all about service for a better life for your community

Reserve Deputy
Texas
November 15, 2004

On behalf of the men and women of Industry Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sergeant Johnson. It's been five months now since we lost one of our own and know all to well the pain and reality it brings. Take comfort from knowing your law enforcement family grieves with you.

Rest in peace, hero.

Industry Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
November 15, 2004

May his punishment be swift and harsh. An officer trying to protect his niegborhood and family. A community and a greatful nation will be forever in your debt. God be with the family.

CPL GARY E MINTZ, TRAFFIC ENF
HENDERSON CO SHERIFF'S OFFICE NC
November 15, 2004

Rest in peace my brother. My prayer are with the family, friend and the S/O

Reserve Deputy Steve Landon
El Paso County Sheriff's Office Colorado Springs CO
November 15, 2004

SGT. JOHNSON, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. REST EASY BROTHER !

DEP. PAUL SPERANDEO
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFFS OFFICE, LA.
November 15, 2004

I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the fallen officer, his family, and friends.

Det. D.L. Akins
Liberty Police Dept. Liberty, NC
November 15, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
November 15, 2004

Always sad to see that someone else has joined the ranks of those that will never be forgotten, and are true heroes to us. His family, friends, and fellow officers will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Kayla Maskell
an officers daughter
November 15, 2004

this depts prayers are with your family and your agency may god be with them in the days to come.

deputy tl smith
charlotte mecklenburg school law enforcement
November 15, 2004

Reserve Sergeant James Johnson Sr. you are clear for end of watch. Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of need. Rest well brother we'll take it from here.

Reserve Deputy
Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
November 15, 2004

God bless you brother and the job you did, rest well knowing that we will take it from here. A hero is gone today and a hero is honored today. And to the suspect I hope you burn in HELL........................

PO II Russell Ward
Metro Nashville Police Dept.
November 15, 2004

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY
November 14, 2004

God bless you and keep you always. You are a true hero to us all and you will never be forgotten.

DE
St. Louis City Police
November 14, 2004

I had never visited this site prior to 11/05/04, but now I feel a responsibility to leave a note to the survivors of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of justice. My heart goes out to Sgt. Johnson's family, friends and department.

Linda Lamm
sister of Jay Balchunas EOW 11/05/04
November 14, 2004

We are sad for the loss of this dedicated public servent who choose no pay and he still paid the ultimate sacrifice for his community.Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,friends and to the Forsyth Co.Sheriff's Dept.Sgt.Johnson is a true HERO!I hope the scum that took his life pays the ultimate price that the law allows and then some!

Cpl. David Hazlett #206
Berry Hill P.D./Nashville,Tn.
November 14, 2004

TO THE FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:
MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE DEPARTMENT. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. MAY HIS MEMORY LIVE ON THROUGH EVERYTHING YOU DO.
TO THE FAMILY OF OFFICER JAMES JOHNSON:
MY HEART-FELT SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.
MAY YOU ALWAYS KNOW THAT YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER DIED A TRUE HERO.
TO OFFICER JAMES JOHNSON:
GOD SPEED

CORPORAL EALINE HUNTER
CHAMBERS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT JAIL DIVISION ANAHUAC,TEXAS
November 14, 2004

May God be with you all during your time of berevement, and there after. If There is anything the Lake City Police Deparment can do, please contact us.

Lake City Police Department

Cpl. S.P. Raggins
Lake City Police Department Lake City, Florida
November 14, 2004

Sgt.-
You are to be laid to rest tommorow, I hope you find the peace you deserve for your life of sacrifice on this earth. Rest in peace, we will take the watch from here.

PO
Winston Salem Police Dept.
November 14, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are wih you all.Rest in peace broother.

Texas Peace Officer
University of Houston Downtown Law Enforcement Academy Class 89
November 14, 2004

We, "brothers & sisters" of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg PD send our condolences and to the Sheriff's Dept and the family of Sgt. Johnson. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Officer BL Wakeland
Charlotte/Mecklenburg NC PD
November 14, 2004

Sgt. Johnson,

I never really spoke with you, although I have seen you several times. Even though, I still feel the pain. My Brother Rest in Peace. Deputy Rawley you are in my prayers as well as both of your families. Forsyth County Sheriffs Department I have you in my prayers also, we are only a phone call away..GOD BLESS YOU, Brothers/Sisters please be safe, it only takes a second and our lives can change forever...

Officer
NC
November 14, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because it is honored by God.

To the family of Reserve Sergeant James Johnson Sr. and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, your extended family of Law Enforcement Officers grieves with you during this time. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man, your life.
While serving, defending, and protecting others in your community and state.

Rest easy with our other fallen Brothers and Sisters, we have the watch now.

To all my brothers and sisters, please remember the fallen officers we have lost and their families. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Please pray for this officer's family, agency, and friends as they struggle with this tragedy.

May God be with you every day, please remember, we are a part of the largest family in the world and when one hurts we all hurt.

Though our badges and uniforms may be different, our mission is the same. We continue the fight in your honor.

Officer Dave Carroll
Choctaw Oklahoma
November 14, 2004

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"

GREGG HOUSTON
SOUTH CAROLINA
November 14, 2004

My prayers go out to the family of Sergeant Johnson and to the Forsyth County Sheriffs Department. May God heal your pain with time. Our community has suffered a great loss. Heaven is surely a better place with you in it, but a huge void was left here on earth. You will not be forgotten, Brother.

Police Officer
Winston-Salem Police Dept. W-S/NC
November 14, 2004

I started as a reserve deputy with my agency. I know that it takes a special kind of person to do this job, often without pay. We grieve with Sergeant Johnson's family, fellow officers and friends. God Bless you Sarge, rest easy my brother.

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ
November 14, 2004

 
 

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