Police Officer John Jefferson Johnston

Police Officer John Jefferson Johnston

Henry County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 1945

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John Jefferson Johnston

Police Officer John Johnston was killed in an automobile crash on US Route 220 approximately two miles south of Martsinsville when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

It is believed that his patrol car's steering gear failed as he went around a curve, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway.

Officer Johnston had served with the Henry County Police Department for four years and served in the community of Fieldale. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

mechanical failure, routine driving

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Officer Johnston,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Henry County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 27, 2020

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