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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I joined the Dade County PSD March 3rd of 1969 so I did not know Earl. However, when I recently purchased a new Challenge Coin for Miami Dade Police Motorcycle Unit, of which I was a part of for 9+ years, I noticed the badge # that was imprinted on the badge was Earl's, #721. I would be glad to send you one if you would like.

William Solen, Sgt Retired
Metro Dade PD, 1969-1994

May 21, 2024

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