Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant George Douglas Johnston

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, November 17, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant George Douglas Johnston

Mr. Doug,
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you, but Mrs. Elaine took great care of me growing up and James grew up as my best friend. We made a lot of great memories together. James stood as my best man in May of this year and he looked great. I'll have the pleasure of standing as his best man next year. I know he'll be thinking of you as he makes his commitment.

Rest in peace,
Sam Wade

Sam Wade

June 10, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Johnston.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 13, 2019

I worked for the Morehouse Parish Sheriff Dept. 1998-1992. Doug was our parish trooper. I continued to work with him when I was hired by the La State Police In 1992. I was the dispatcher who took the initial call about Doug’s crash. I was friends with him and his wife. I knew his mother and daddy. I worked with his dad at the sheriff dept. Doug was an excellent trooper and loved his family very much. I watch both of his sons grow up. One of them has two children now. I am still friends with his wife.

Jacque Burchfield

March 4, 2019

Not a day goes by, that I Don't think of the memories we could have shared. I'm going to drink a beer for you, Cause I know that you probably want one right now. Life has been hard without you but I have done pretty Well for myself. All i want is to make you proud.


September 13, 2014


Not a day goes by where I do not think about you. I miss you every day. I wish you had been there so many times in my life. I hope I have made you so proud. I try to live my life to bring honor to you. Dad, I miss you so much. I hope you are watching over me.

Your son

July 30, 2012

Hello Brother with the loss of a great OPSO Deputy this last week felt I needed to drop you a line too. Your sacrifice and service has not been forgotten. Know the good lord, you, and many others up there were watching over daddy that day.

Special Agent #3204/(HQ-220/F-54)

March 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 17, 2009

"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

February 2, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 29, 2007

I have come to know Elaine and one of her sons. I know how strong they are and how much they miss their loving husband and dad. Doug--you would be proud of them and how they share your life with others. They are a testament to your love and committment to your work!!
Lynne Parry


August 12, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

July 30, 2007

Doug, We often talk about old times at the Troop and you always are a part of the conversation. We sure do miss you. May God bless you, Elaine and the kids.

Jackie Coleman
Louisiana State Police

May 23, 2007

Tonight I will be watching James playing football. Wish you were here to see him too

November 17, 2006

Nine years have passed and you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol guarding the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

November 17, 2006

I had the pleasure of meeting your son James...
you would be proud of him.
Hes a sweet guy. My heart goes out to the family.
Rest in Peace.

Amber Koester
Wayne Koester's daughter E.O.W. 2/9/05

May 17, 2006

To Sgt. George Douglas Johnston, his family and friends, and fellow officers:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that you are remembered. Your valor and dedication are not forgotten. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Johnston.

May your family continue to be supported by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Sgt. Johnston gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 17, 1997.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 17, 2005

i am sitting here at my computer going down the list of louisiana officers that i have known and had the honor to work withwho have given their lives so that others may live in relative peace.
it makes me very proud to have worked with you guys but very sad that you are not here with me.i know that all of us chose to do what we loved to do and knew that death was a possibility,but we still did it .all of us here on earth will continue to do the job as best we can,and we do it in your memory and hope we are doing it as you would do.may god continue to keep his protective arms around you guys and let you rest in peace

sheriff bob buckley
union parish sheriffs office

July 12, 2005

Doug, I miss you buddy.

Sergeant Paul Harper
Monroe Police Department

May 8, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 17, 2004

Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts-Oakdale, La.

April 2, 2004

Not a day goes by that you are far from my thoughts. I know you are watching over me.

Rhonda Brannon
Madison Parish

January 29, 2004

As you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we!

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond,Va Police

November 19, 2003

Rest in peace blue angel.

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