Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Ronald E. "RJ" Johnson

South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Ronald E. "RJ" Johnson

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 18, 2018

I miss you old friend, I remeber when I saw the news, I remember the man who taught me to count in East Hall all those years ago, and I remember you by speaking your name to the hundreds of officers that I have trained since the day you trained me. God's speed RJ, rest well've earned it.

Berl Goff II Deputy Warden / Major

May 18, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. May God watch over your loving family always.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 12, 2018

R.I.P. RJ. I too worked my entire career at SDSP with you. I remember my first assignment because that's where I met you. You also mentored me on several job assignments there. I miss you RJ.

Corporal Kirt Schweigert
South Dakota State Penitentiary

September 17, 2017

They better kill Boston Bomber (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) and Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Now. Before someone in Grand Forks or Fargo area and works in Grand Forks AFB or Minot AFB might do an air strike over Terre Haute, Indiana.


May 25, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated, selfless service to the people of South Dakota. Your memory lives on and always will.

Appreciative citizen of SD

April 22, 2015

Officer Johnson,
You risked your life daily to make sure that innocent people would not be harmed and while doing so you ended up making the ultimate sacrifice. I am glad to hear that the men who murdered you were found guilty for their crime. Thank you for the 23 years of service that you dedicated to ensuring the well-being of your community. You will forever be remembered as a hero and will never be forgotten. R.I.P

MHHS student-Adriana Toledo

May 12, 2014

I miss you RJ. I worked with you for my entire career at SDSP and enjoyed eating lunch with you, as well as working with you. RIP, buddy.

Special Security Lt.
Joe Miller

January 15, 2014

Brother RJ:
Your brothers and sisters from across the border- Minnesota, and from all over the country will long remember and never forget your sacrafice. Everything I heard form your family, friends and co-workers reaffirms the adage;
They are not heros for how they died.
They are heros for how they lived.
We will always have the watch, God bless you, your family, and all of our brothers and sisters in the SD Dept. of Corrections.
Rest in peace brother.

Sergeant Paul Schanno
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF- Stillwater

November 4, 2012

R.J. You have been missed by so many of your brothers and sisters. We still talk about you, don't worry only good things. On Monday OCtober 15, 2012 we got one of them R.J. This was a hard day for a lot because it once again reminded us of how special you really where. I hope you are at peace and I have been praying that Mrs. Johnson can have some peace to. Rest in peace my brother.

FTO James Elledge
South Dakota DOC

October 20, 2012

R.I.P Brother

John Roberts CO IV
Texas Dept. Of Criminal Justice

October 18, 2012

You served your community and your family with honour. Rest now, my friend. Find your peace.

Noel Pratten (Ex sheriff's deputy)

October 17, 2012

God Bless


October 16, 2012

RIP Brother.....

Sgt (ret) ODonnell
Nebraska DCS

October 16, 2012

May you rest now. Justice has been carried out.

Laure May
Mom to Police Officer

October 16, 2012

Thank you for protecting our community. My love and prayers are with you and your family today. God bless you and your loved ones.

Jessica Schaefer

October 15, 2012

May god bless your family.You've worked hard for 23 years I only hope I can be the measure of a public servant as you were.Tonight I will be praying for your family.Dedication in the Websters Dictionary has a picture of you brother.Again Thank You.

U.S.Department of Justice Federal Bureau Of Prisons

April 16, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 24, 2012

To the family and friends of Correctional Officer Ronald "RJ" Johnson, his fellow officers, and most especially to RJ:

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when RJ was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To RJ's family, you are in my heart's embrace today. I share your anquish in losing a beloved family member which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow. Today was your family's first Christmas without you and we are also approaching your eow anniversary date. They are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of distinquished service RJ gave to his community and the citizens of South Dakota, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 12, 2011

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011


I miss talking to you about your grand-babbies, about going fishing and boating at the lake, and the sports you loved so after Rec in west hall. Know that we keep your watch and that you are remembered and talked about all the time. You absence has left a huge hole in our lives, but we have each other to lean on. Know that I have learned from what happened that day and not a day goes by at work that I dont remind someone of where we work and do my best to keep them safe. I wish you where still here, I wish I could've been there for you. I am glad you are at peace. Rest well my friend and someday you and me will go fishing.

Cpl. Joshua Callahan
South Dakota State Department of Corrections SDSP

December 2, 2011

God Bless you, You are the example of what a brave man stands for. end each day you did a job most people would not dream of and for that made the ultimate sacrifice. I am proud to call you a brother Correction officer. May you rest in peace with all the other fallen.God Bless and sleep well brother

Officer Matthew Connolly Retired
State of Connecticut Dept.of Corrections

November 26, 2011

God Bless you, You are the example of what a brave man stands for. end each day you did a job most people would not dream of and for that made the ultimate sacrifice. I am proud to call you a brother Correction officer. May you rest in peace with all the other fallen.God Bless and sleep well brother

Officer Matthew Connolly Retired
State of Connecticut Dept.of Corrections

November 26, 2011

It gave me great satisfaction to see that the second con who murdered you has pleaded GUILTY! Hopefully he will receive the death penalty just like his partner did. May God Bless the family and friends of Officer Johnson. He will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR Police Department

November 17, 2011

Your sacrifice, and that of your loved ones, is the tie that binds our great country. Thank you so much, and God bless America....

Sergeant (Retired) Mike Schieffer
California Highway Patrol

October 31, 2011

Sir, your years of dedicated service will never be forgotten, especially by your brothers and sisters in law enforcement. I know God has a special place for you. I pray your family will find peace in the future. May God bless all law enforcement officers for their dedicated service and selflessnes.


May 6, 2011

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