Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Master Detective Aubrey Fred Johnson

Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, February 11, 1997

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Reflections for Master Detective Aubrey Fred Johnson

M/Det. Johnson,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Citrus County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 11, 2022

Rest in peace Master Detective Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 11, 2021


Seeing your name on the NLEOM wall along with the many others I have known and penciling it onto paper brought back memories of the past. You were always smiling, willing to help and set a great example to many. Your inspiration to the many law enforcement officer's that knew you will never be forgotten. RIP with your fellow heroes. May you watch over our officers and your family and keep them safe.

August 28, 2018

Lt. Mike Klyap-
Crystal River PD

August 28, 2018

One of the kindest dearest men that I have ever know. One of the most honorable and finest lawman that has ever lived. I am so thankful that I can call him brother and more so friend.

Wallace E.Griggs Master Investigator
Citrus County Sheriff's Office

February 13, 2017

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Wow! daddy your famous! I found this site by googling your name. You would ask me what the heck is a Google. I am so glad to have had the chance to share a brief blip of time with you here on this earth. They were the most important times. You taught me how to survive in this world. I can't wait until that blessed day when I can get my hug and say...will you take me to see John Wayne, just kidding. I will thank you for molding me into the women I have become. I get to see daily the growing bond between a daughter and her daddy. It is such a joy to remember that feeling when Abigail's daddy comes home from work and she is so excited she cannot get to the door fast enough. I miss you daily but I will see you again. I love you daddy. I was totally unaware of this site but now I have a place to come and read the wonderful reflections of your past.

Beth Leah Johnson Perez

June 21, 2015

Rest in Peace Fred I will always remember all the help you gave me when learning how to put evidence in. I will always remember when you got onto me for making you dig in mud for some recovered guns. You were truly a great man and I miss you!

Detective Jackie Howerton
Citrus County Sheriff's Office

January 12, 2015

Thank you for your dedicated and loyal service to others. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 11, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Detective Johnson, we will never forget....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 11, 2013

Over the years fred and i got into more trouble working investigations that we could stand. we had to tussle with the suspects on several cases. every time im in the area of his resting place i say hi freddie. we all miss him but we know hes in a better place.R.I.P. OUR BROTHER


April 10, 2012

We will never forget... HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Detective Johnson.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 11, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Johnson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who have gone before us and gave everything they had to protect us all. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


February 11, 2011

In all the years I knew you Fred you were always a gentleman to everyone who you met. Your service and dedication will never be forgotten and you will be forever in my memories of the many talks we had. Rest in peace brother and may God be with your family, friends and the officers who worked along side you at the Citrus County Sheriffs Department.

Cpl. Jack Presti-Ret.
Inverness Police Department

January 9, 2010

To Master Detective Aubrey Fred Johnson, his loved ones, and his fellow deputies:

On this the 12th anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Fred. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Fred gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 11, 1997.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 11, 2009

RIP and know that you will always be remembered by those who know and love you.


October 5, 2008

Mr. Fred,
You gave me my first pair of hunting dogs. Those were the best pair of blue ticks a young man could ever have. My dad and I chased many of deer around the woods with those dogs. They helped to strengthen our father and son bond. You never failed to ask me "how's the hunt'n, how's the dogs". You always took the time to notice the scrawny teenager behind his dad's desk. You never forget your first pair of dogs and I’ll never forget you. Thank you Mr. Fred, thank you.

George "Pip" Simpson

July 14, 2008

Fred, You are remembered each day by those of us that knew you, myself before I was ever in Law Enforcement. Your family is in our prayers.

Cpl. T Corbin
Citrus County Sheriff's Office

June 12, 2008

Rest in peace.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 14, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 8, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 10, 2007

You paid the ultimate sacrifce over 10 years ago. I hope your family takes solace in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired

July 23, 2007

Somebody killed a Policeman today
and a piece of America died
A piece of our country he swore to protect
will be buried with him... at his side
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court
with counsel demanding his rights
while a young widowed mother must work for her kids
and spend many long, lonely nights
The beat that he walked was a battlefield too
just as if he had gone off to war
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half staff
to his name they will add a gold star
Yes, somebody killed a Policeman today
It happened in your town or mine
While we slept in comfort, behind our locked doors
a Cop laid his life on the line
Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street
and he stands at each new rookie's side
He answered the call, and gave us his all
and a piece of America died
Author Unknown

Dep. Bonura
Citrus County Sheriff Office FL.

November 28, 2005

You will never be forgotten. There is not a day that goes by I along with the officers that knew you, and your family don't think about you and the great times we had. We were unaware of this site. If we had been, we would have posted alot sooner. Hopefully this will set the record straight in ref. to the previous posting.

Lt. Charlie Simmons
Citrus County Sheriff's Office

October 28, 2005

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