Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 2000

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Reflections for Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

I think about you and your family often. Happy New Year :)



January 13, 2007


December 25, 2006

Hey Rick- Just thinking about the night you found that stolen car in kalamazoo and how proud you were to run the plate and hear your dispatch tell you it was stolen. I also recalled the time you were on "real stories of the highway patrol" and your "new-kid attitude" when you first got assigned to Paw Paw. I always remember you when I get off the exit coming home from a night on patrol.. Miss ya Friend.

Officer Todd Christensen
Kalamazoo Public Safety

October 10, 2006

Rick, each and every day I think of the wonderful times you and I shared patrolling the area assigned to us. I miss you as a patrol partner, I miss you as a friend, but I know God assigned you a wonderful place to do his work. Til we see each other again, God bless you and your family.

Tpr Chris Suarez
MSP #51 Paw Paw

March 22, 2006

Trooper Johnson your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace brother....God Bless !!

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

March 22, 2006

As a future Trooper or County Sheriff Deputy--at our academy we are instructed in differn't areas of training to research this page to see the dangers of becoming involved in law enforcement and to learn from the sacrifices that all of those that have gone into the same careers before us. This is also done to not only help us to try to stay safe but to show us that unforseen circumstances can hurt us and our families as well. It helps us to not only be Cops but to remain HUMAN as well. Thank you Trooper Rick for the sacrifices that you made, the people that you helped and the family and friends that loved you. Now I will look at not only what is ahead of me but behind me and all around me too. God Bless You and keep looking down on all of us.

Future Trooper Rachelle Huffman
Florida Highway Patrol,or Pinellas Co. Sheriff Deputy

March 16, 2006

Rick, 11 years ago today, the MIGHTY 111th R/C. We'll never forget your sacrifice.


January 15, 2006

Still think of you every day when I walk into work and see your memorial.

You will always be remembered and missed

MSP Paw Paw

October 5, 2005

Five years next month. I have not forgotten you or your family. You and your family are still in our prayers. Thank you for what you were willing to give.

Michigan State Police - Ionia

April 8, 2005

To the family of Trooper Johnson,
You are all in my thoughts often, as I too feel the pain of losing a loved one in law enforcement (specifically MSP).
Trp. Johnson...thank you for your service. I hope you and Kevin are enjoying a cold beverage... somewhere.

Shelley Meares
Sister of Trp. Kevin Marshall
Michigan State Police e/o/w 7/7/03

March 15, 2005


Rest in peace, Trooper Johnson.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 10, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Both of these troopers died in the same manner as Trooper Johnson (they were both struck with transfer trucks).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

You are forever in our hearts and prayers. You are never going to be forgotten. We all love you and miss you so much. Yet we are at some type of peace knowing you are well taken care of and that we will all be together someday again.

January 23, 2004

God bless Troop, you are not forgotten.


November 30, 2003

Trooper Johnson,

You life will never be forgotten. What you did and who you were will be remembered by your brothers and sisters in law enforcement. You will also be remembered by the citizens that you assisted.

I pray that your family can take some strength from the men and women who will remember and pray for you and them.

May God bless you and your family...

"Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of God"

Deputy Philip Abdoo
Macomb County Sheriff Department

Thank you Rick for your years of service and friendship to our citizens and fellow troopers.  I'm sorry I didn't have the opportunity to know you better during your times at the Academy but I have gotten to know you better from the kind comments shared by your family and friends.  I am truly sorry for your untimely death.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. 

Sgt. Jim Shaw
Michigan State Police

I was traveling eastbound on I-94 within minutes of Trooper Johnson's accident and saw the aftermath.  I knew the situation was serious when I saw the Trooper's vehicle smashed from both ends.  I said a silent prayer as I passed and pulled over at the next exit to collect myself.  I called the post to inquire about the officer's condition and was so saddened to learn of the Trooper's death.  Indiana has lost several officers in this same type of accident.  It is so senseless and unnecessary.  Drivers must learn to pay full attention while driving and to leave a lane open when they see a police car on the side of the road.  To Trooper Johnson's family and co-workers, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Trooper Johnson, as Region 6 Coordinator of the International Association of Women Police, we salute you and wish you Godspeed.  

Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department, Hammond, IN

The men and women of the Detroit Chapter of the FBI Agents Association honor the memory of Trooper Rick Lee Johnson.

FBI Agents Association - Detroit Chapter

Those of us who knew you, have been touch by your kindness . Many officers have worked with you within southwest MI and are now better officers themselves for having worked along side of you.

God bless you.

Ofc. Charles Dahlinger
Kalamazoo Dept. Pulbic Safety

Tpr. Johnson you shall not be forgotten by the citizens of the State of Michigan, but especially the citizens of your district. I pray for your family in their trying times that they endure. Its a shame that Troops like you and others had to die before a law was to be enacted, to make sure your job is safer on the freeways. As a future trooper I will try to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to anyone else again.. God Speed my friend.

Darrell Thompson
Birchwood Mall Security

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