Police Officer Earl Lee Johnson, Jr.

Police Officer Earl Lee Johnson, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 1962

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Earl Lee Johnson, Jr.

Police Officer Earl Johnson succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier while responding to an officer down call.

He was off duty when heard a radio call from an officer who had just been shot requesting assistance. Officer Johnson got on his police motorcycle and was en route to the scene but lost control of the motorcycle at SW 89th Avenue and 88th Street. The impact of Officer Johnson hitting the ground caused his helmet to crack.

He was transported to Baptist Hospital where he died four days later. The officer who had been shot survived.

Officer Johnson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had been in law enforcement for five years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 721
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 31, 1962

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Earl is my Uncle, I was 10, when he did his best to assist an officer who had been shot. He was truly loved by his family and friends. I remember being a Flower Girl when my Uncle "Sockey", married my Aunt Yvonne. My Father, was also a Metro-Dade Police Officer on the Motorcycle Unit. My Uncle Sockey is a Hero, and I will never forget him.

Charlotte Bennett Kelley Retired R.N.

July 14, 2019

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