Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Johns

Coppell Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, December 28, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Johns

Rest in peace Officer Johns.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2019

Angel man, I’m still waiting for you to come home, Love Wifey

Eleanor “Gale “Johns

December 22, 2018

“Mikie”Johns, it’s been a long time since you left this world and I’ve been able to say how much I’ve missed you being with us here at Coppell PD. You were a mentor for me and I respected your wisdom, but I also had fun with the silly stuff that we did to make work tolerable. We had some great times and we worked some rough calls too. The Jokes we told and pulled on each other as well as on the rest of the department made the time go and those thoughts still make me laugh. I’ll always remember being in the break room and we watched the 9/11 attacks as they happened. I’ll never forget you as a coworker and friend. Rest In Peace my friend. Never Forgotten. McDonald’s Pancakes in your honor every December 28..........

Detective Steve Hayes
Coworker. Coppell PD

November 27, 2018

The Coppell Police Motor Unit will be participating in the 2nd Annual Texas Police Officers Memorial Ride as escorts for the 71 bicycles riders riding for officers all over the great State of Texas. We will be wearing bracelets in your Honor. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Kirk Smith, Traffic Sergeant
Coppell Police Department

February 23, 2016

You are still missed Mike as I talk to new officers about the old days and how a lady I refer to as Cujo liked you so much that she needed a little taste of your hand. Miss you buddy and I hope that Heather and Gale are doing well. I miss them both too. God Bless them and you my friend!

Corporal Dave Silva
Austin Police Department

June 7, 2014

Mikey Johns! You are gone but certainly not forgotten. We miss your funny stories about storm chasing and rest assured that we as a department have kept McDonald's in business. The hot cakes are still delicious. Miss you!

Officer Rachael Freeman
Coppell P.D.

May 20, 2013

Mike is the reason that I am still a police officer. He was my first FTO and became my good friend and mentor. He loved his wife Gale and his daughter more than words could ever show. I saw it when he would see them and his eyes would light up. Because of Mike, I have trained officers (the way he trained me) that weren't cutting it and about to be fired. Mike taught a different, more personal way and when you get to know your trainee like that, there's almost nothing that you can't teach them. Because of Mike's training style, these officers became great officers with the Austin Police Department. Mike, Gale, and Heather, you will never be forgotten and will be loved always! To a great friend, mentor, and great cop...God Bless and I wish you peace!

Corporal David Silva
Austin Police Department

March 30, 2010

Mike you were a great father and I remember going with you and heather on some weekends and we had so much fun!! I cant believe it has been eight are greatly missed everyday and are always in my prayers as well as your family, may you rest in peace and god bless your soul!!!


January 14, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 8th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for those who miss and love you for I know the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


December 29, 2009

I can't believe it has been almost seven years. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in the breakroom talking with you while you ate your griddle cakes.

Not forgotten.


December 23, 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

February 5, 2008



December 27, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 23, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

December 28, 2006

I met Mike when he worked at the Plaza of Americas and we became friends. He is the reason why I became a police office and I’m still one today. I remember the laughs and the good times we had. I moved away in 1986, but I have never forgotten him. Friends always.

D/Sgt. Tom Wassa
State of Michigan

October 29, 2006

Rest in peace motorman.

Offc. Michael Walker

June 13, 2006

Mike conducted my background investigation when I was first hired. I later had the privelege of working with him in the traffic unit. He was always an outstanding officer, husband, father, and friend. He lived more in 45 years than some people live in 95 years. He will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Bill Camp
Coppell P.D.

December 28, 2005

Mike you were a verry nice and funny guy and a good father to heather i see heather every day and i am reminded of your death in her eyes im glad i got to know you you were the coolest guy on earth i will not forget you

Matt Hastings

April 27, 2005

Mike and I were fellow motor jockies. I used to see him from time to time when we would pass each other at our city limits. A nice guy with a great sense of humor. I thank him for making the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless his family.

Patrolman D. E. Hutchison, retired
irving Texas P.D.

March 15, 2005

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

Rest in peace.

December 28, 2004

"For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind.. And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen one rides again...... "

Rest in Peace!

Sr. Cpl. E Hagan
Dallas Police Dept

June 30, 2004

Michael and Gale were best friends as well as husband and wife. He was her hero and she was his Prom Queen. He was everything to her. She told me so. Dear Lord, why do good, decent, loving men have to be taken from those who love them so soon? Our hearts ache for them. Now, Michael and his borthers in blue who are in God's service in heaven are watching over Gale and all those they left behind. May God bless Mrs. Michael Johns.

Linda Wagers, surviving spouse
Sgt. Gary Wagers, CHP, EOW 3/15/01

January 9, 2004

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Michael Johns' and calling her my friend. I have gotten to know Officer Michael Johns' through her and her love for him. I hear her speak of him and can feel the love she had for him. She is a special piece of him left behind. I know he had to be a great man and we are all deeply saddened that he is gone. I know he is in Heaven with Brian and they are watching over us. Thanks Mike for your sacrifice, you will never be forgotten!

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

January 5, 2004

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

December 28, 2003

I had the pleasure of working with Officer Mike Johns from 1996-2000 while working at Coppell Pd. Mike was my training Officer and a true friend to everyone in the department. It is a tragic loss for the whole department and city but he has left a little of him behind in all of us that worked with him. He was a true professional and passed on his knowledge and professional demeanor to all that worked around him. My prayers are with his family and all who knew Mike.

Thanks for making all of us that worked around you better people. You will never be forgotten.

Officer Bill Knack
Palomar Police Department, Ca.

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