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 he 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 and served in law enforcement for five years. He 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

motorcycle crash, off duty, officer assistance

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Jeanene, I didn't know your Daddy but you and yours can be extraordinarily proud. I too wish you had more time with him and your family was entitled. Know that your Daddy sacrificed his life so that others can live. God bless you and yours and have a Merry Christmas!

Robert D. Foreman
Retired Motorcycle Sergeant MDPD

Retired Sergeant/Robert D. Foreman
Miami-Dade Police Deparment

December 7, 2023

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