Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Kenneth Jeffrey Johnson

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, July 7, 2002

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Reflections for Corporal Kenneth Jeffrey Johnson

Another year has passed since we lost you..it hasn't gotten any easier..we still Love you & Miss you..Keep a watch over all of us..Jr

Jr. Johnson
Brother

July 7, 2005

The policeman stood and faced his God, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning just as brightly as his brass.
"Step foward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No lord. I gues I ain't. Because those of us who carry badges, can't always be a saint."
I've had to work most Sundays and at time my talk was rough... and sometimes I've been violent because the strees are awful tough."
"But I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep... though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just to step."
"And I never passed a cry for help, though at time I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I wept unmanly tears."
"I know I don't deserve a place mong the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear."
"If you have a place for me here, Lord it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had to much, But if you don't... I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne, where the saints had often trod, as the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step foward now, policeman. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk the beat on Heavens strees. You've done your time in hell."

L/Cpl. C. K. McLendon
Horry County Plice Dept.

June 11, 2005

God Bless you Sir and keep your family safe. It's good to know that the Justice system does its part in South Carolina to those that cowardly take the life of others before the fight becomes fair. May God Bless the entire State of South Carolina (Law Enforcement Officers) and its Courts.

Officer
Texas

May 17, 2005

I had the honor of knowing Cpl. Jeff Johnson for my whole EMS career. I started at Berkeley County EMS around the same time Cpl. Johnson started with the SC Highway Patrol. I ran many calls with Jeff and he was always the one to make a joke and make everyone laugh. I want to thank Cpl. Johnson for the ultimate sacrifice that he made his family and all of his fellow brothers. I had the unfortunate experience of being at the hospital on that fateful night, and not a dry eye in the place. You were a hero in everyone's eye's. Rest in peace in your kingdom in the sky. GOD BLESS. You are and always will be a great hero.

Terri L. Salsman Paramedic
American Heritage Ambulance

April 16, 2005

K.J. This is the first time I have seen this site. We all miss you dearly. Its so nice to see how many people have written in from all over. It still hurts often. Thanks goes out to so many people for all that they have done. Every time I ride the Jeff Jonhson stretch of highway you are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep it real holmes. We love you and miss you dearly.

S/ Trp T J Proctor
SC Highway Patrol

October 18, 2004

Trooper Johnson, you stopped me for speeding on I-26 not long before this happened. I appreciate you chewing me out in lieu of a ticket that day; now I'm a police officer and understand what you did day in and day out. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Patrolman
Fort Mill Police Department

August 28, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, July 7, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Cpl. Kenneth Jeffrey Johnson who died in the line of duty on this date two years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Cpl. Johnson's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

July 7, 2004

It's been two years and it still doesn't seem real..when will we wake up from this Nightmare..We Love you and Miss you Brother..Jr

Jr. Johnson

July 7, 2004

I stop by this website often after losing two very dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We grieve for all those who lost their lives in the line of duty. God Bless the troopers, officers and deputies that continue to serve their communities of this great nation.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Corporal Johnson.

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

April 4, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Jeff, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.


Son of G. Truman EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

February 5, 2004

For the families, friends, loved ones, and fellow officers of Trooper Johnson,
I have had you in my prayers since I heard of the shooting. I never had the chance to meet Jeff Johnson- as Gene called him. But from what I have heard and read over the last year he was quite an outstanding man. I remember the day of the funeral, my boyfriend called me as they were driving from the service to the burial. He was in tears and in awe of the people who showed there support on the side of the road as the drove to the cemetary.
I slightly remember the way people were when we had the service for my boyfriend, Deputy Gene Wright II of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, they pulled over and got out of their cars with their hands on their hearts and a few with tears in their eyes. I remembered then the way Gene sounded when he called in July on the same type of drive for a fellow officer, for Cpl. Johnson. I have found a lot of help and support from fellow survivors during my time of loss. I hope you have found the same support.

My prayers, thoughts, and hugs go out to all of you,
Michele - girlfriend of Deputy Gene Wright II
Berkeley County Sheriff's Office
EOW 11-19-2002

Michele-girlfriend Dpty Gene Wright II
Berkeley County Sheriff's Office EOW 11-19-2002

December 9, 2003

07-07-03, MAY GOD BLESS. IT HAS BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE YOU MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. SOUTH CAROLINA HAS MISSED YOU,A HERO IS HARD TO REPLACE. REST IN PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RETIRED
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

I found this place by accident or was it an accident maybe it was meant for me to come here. I sit here, going on 4 hrs reading these reflections and shedding afew tears, I see some of my brothers friends and co-workers have stopped by and I appreciate it but what about all of these people who never met Jeff some of you from near and some from afar. I don't know if you all have any idea of how it makes me feel to know that brother was part of a brotherhood that in his death as in his life touched so many for that I'm extremely thankful. I have so much I could tell you about this man..how he loved his wife and kids more than anything, how he loved his family, how he loved being a Trooper, how he loved to coach his kids in sports, how he loved to go fishing or golfing..his fravorite's the Cincinnati reds and Pete Rose (joe hussle) who he played like in Dixie youth baseball or the Indianapolis Colts who he'd pick to win there game on Sunday no matter who they were playing..just some of the good thing about him and the good times I'll remember..and will never forget..I have met so many people in this new family over the last 11 months..Mr. Coates father of SC Trooper Mark Coates, Mrs. Rao mother of SC trooper Michael Rao and all of the others, it has helped so much having these people who have walked in our shoes to talk and cry with..I want to thank them and all of the others who have made this trip a little easier..if that's possible..I miss up, I honor you and I love you brother..keep guard over all of us..

Brother Jr. Johnson

Rest easy, Troop. You are not forgotten. Nor will you ever be. May the Lord comfort those you leave behind and show no mercy to your killer.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

"Last night I had a crazy dream, a wish was granted just for me it could be for any thing."
"I didn't ask for money or a mansion in Malibu, I simply wished for one more day with you."
- Diamond Rio

Godspeed Brother.

Captain Scott Wright
Mount Holly Police Department, NC

THIS IS TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF CORPORAL JOHNSON.

I BEG YOU…TO HAVE PATIENCE WITH EVERYTHING UNRESOLVED IN YOUR HEART AND TRY TO LOVE THE QUESTIONS THEMSELVES AS IF THEY WERE LOCKED ROOMS OR BOOKS WRITTEN IN A VERY FOREIGN LANGUAGE. DON’T SEARCH FOR THE ANSWERS, WHICH COULD NOT BE GIVEN YOU NOW, BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE THEM. AND THE POINT IS, TO LIVE EVERYTHING. LIVE THE QUESTIONS NOW. PERHAPS THEN, SOMEDAY FAR IN THE FUTURE, YOU WILL GRADUALLY, WITHOUT EVEN NOTICING IT, LIVE YOUR WAY INTO THE ANSWER...

Special Agent Keisha R Sinkler
SC Law Enforcment Division

This incident took place approx 2 miles from my home. So sad, so senseless. Another officer taken too soon. I am proud to share duties with people of such fiber and substance. My 3 and 5 year old boys look up to us as heros. God strenghen this officer's family. Be with them as each day brings a memory of the fallen one... let the memories be sweet and enouraging. Be Safe, brothers and sisters... go home at the end of your shift.

Deputy DJH
Charleston County SO, SC

Keep on walkin´on heavens beat brother in arms!
Everyone of us in remembered by his brothers all over the world!

My heart goes out to the family of Corp. Johnson. As an Officer and wife of a North Carolina State Trooper, I know the situations that sometimes arise during checkpoints. All I can say is thank you for all of your time spent protecting the citizens, and may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family

Officer S.C. Sales
PCMH Police Dept, Greenville, NC

Rest in peace brother.

Senior Officer D.G. Brunson
South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services

KJ don't worry about Missy and the kids, we will keep stuff straight for you while you gone. Glad we got to talk before it happened. Guess I'll see you later homes, when its my turn to go see the king. Oh yeah, never got to give you that Texas tag back.

TCO J F Sweatman
SCHP DIst 6

TO MY FELLOW BROTHER TROOPER K.J. JOHNSON, YOU HAVE GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN LIFE TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF OUR STATES. OUR DUTY, LOYALTY, AND HONOR GOES UNREWARDED DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS THOUGH, WE (TROOPERS) ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO BE PROTECTORS OF THOSE WHO CAN'T PROTECT THEMSELVES, THE LORD HAS CHOSEN US FROM BIRTH AND WE ACCEPT THIS CALLING NOT KNOWING WHY AT TIMES BUT CONTINUE ON BEING THE PROTECTOR. YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, MY BROTHER, THE PROTECTOR. GOD SPEED

TROOPER R. BARNES
MARYLAND STATE POLICE

To the family, wife and children of Corporal Kenneth Johnson:

I am terribly sorry for the loss you are suffering. The grief, shock, pain and bewilderment must be beyond words. Know that your family in the nation's law enforcement community share your pain, to a small degree at least, and care deeply for you. Corp. Johnson must surely have been a noble, responsible and compassionate man to have dedicated so many years to law enforcement. His heroism served his community well (small comfort to you, I know). May you be blessed in unseen ways, for the rest of your lives, because of his sacrifice. And may you be reunited in heaven, all your tears wiped away.

God bless you and be with you through these difficult times.

Theresa Mignano Heyn, survivor
OSP Sr. Trp. Maria Mignano EOW 9/4/01

Jeff was a friend of mine. I had known him for about 6 years. Our families would go camping and boating together. I am 10 years older than Jeff but he had an influence on me in the way he was a father to his children. I can only hope that I was as good a father to my chlidren as he was. I will miss him as will the many many people that he touched with his laugh and humor. I know he is watching out for us from up above as he did here on earth.God please bless his family and keep an eye on them. Jeff, thanks for giving me the pleasure of knowing you and becoming your friend.

1st.Sgt. Chuck Dial
SCDNR

I know what pain Cpl's Johnson family is experiencing. I just lost my son, SC Senior Trooper Michael Rao, on June 12, 2002 while he was working on I-95 in Clarendon County.

The days ahead will be tough. Some days I don't know how we get through, but with the Lord's help, we do.

I am so very proud of my son and of Cpl Johnson for the job they did, for the state they represented, and for the respect they earned from their peers and from the citizens of South Carolina.

God, grant us the peace and comfort that we will need to move forward. Mike and Jeff will not be forgotten--they made a difference!

Lois Rao
Mother of SC Senior Trooper Michael Rao

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