Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, October 26, 2006

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Reflections for Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

As we approach the anniversary of the loss of Jimmy and the current loss to the Sedwick County Sheriff's office I wanted to take a moment and read through some of the reflections for Jimmy.

Yours was the first LEO funeral I ever attended, I was humbled by the enormous presence of other law enforcement agencies/officers from across the nation in attendance that day. It was a reminder about how one loss impacts us all. I was absolutely not prepared for the call home over the radio and am reminded of yours ever time I have attended other LEO funerals.

I want to thank you for everything Jimmy, I hope you are always remembered as the kind, fair, and honest man that I knew.

Capt. Corey Herl
Wichita State University Police

October 11, 2022

Rest in peace Sheriff Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 15, 2020

With so much going on in society today, and after reading about an officer shooting, I was reminded of my cousin Jimmy, who lost his life while attempting to de-escalate a man experiencing mental/emotional trauma.

Rebecca, cousin from Calif.

June 26, 2020

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

October 26, 2016

RIP Cousin

chuck schubert

March 18, 2016

Sir, I did not know you. The circumstances that took you are tragic. I am so sorry we lost you.

Officer Matthew Ballantyne
Tioga Police Department

August 28, 2015

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

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 22, 2012

I miss him so much I was about 7 when he died and I dont remember him that well but from all of the stories that I've heard from my mom he was a great person. It was always fun to visit him and Halloween is now about the worst time of year for my whole family especially my brother but we all know that he still lives on in our hearts!


May 1, 2012

I just wanted to say that for a man that can look at you and not have one clue who you were because he had never really met you yet......he was the most respectful and loving person you could meet. Hoxie misses you deeply are one of a kind....God Bless you and your family....With love always!!!


October 26, 2011

Gone but NEVER forgot! R.I.P. Jimmy! Love and Blessings to Linda and family!

State Enforcement Agent Kerrie L. Buess
Kansas Racing and Gaming....Former PD officer in Hoxie, KS

October 26, 2011

You were one amazing man, officer, and friend!!! This place is just not the same with out you! God Bless you and your family and may you rest in peace until we meet again!!

w s

October 26, 2011

Dad, There are no words that I can think of to express how much I miss you. I have lost so many memories that I could have had with you. You will never meet my children, you will never see me get married, and you won't get to see me graduate from college. All because you were trying to help someone. That's the thanks that police officers get when they are simply trying to protect and serve their communities.... I' still angry that this happened and I don't believe that it will ever go away. All I can do is try and make a difference. I hope that I can someday be half the person you were. I love you and miss you more than you would ever think. I pray that others don't have to feel this pain....


December 7, 2010

Jim,I've thought for years now at the proper condolence..To:My big brother,counselor,business partner,fishing buddy(those who knew us together can understand the depth of that..You will always carry a very special place in my heart Jim.The last of the realhometown compasionate and trusting officers to ever be able to carry that proudly into eternity.You willalways have a spot on the river bank,even if we don't catch anything!Rest in peace Jim!You are sorely missed and loved always.I know the heavens are safe!

G.C. Harold

February 26, 2010

To Sheriff James Leroy Johnson, his family and his fellow officers with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Sheriff Johnson’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Sheriff Johnson and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

October 26, 2009

To Sheriff James Johnson and his loved ones:

In this the second anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, James. I am praying for solace for your family members today, and each day that they are on the survivors' path.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service James gave to his community and the citizens of Kansas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 26, 2006.

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

October 28, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this second anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

October 27, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Continue to watch over them. You have not been forgotten.

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

October 26, 2008

R.I.P.. you died a Hero and remain a hero today...

wife of LEO

October 26, 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

October 25, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Va Den Berghe
Manchester, MN

October 24, 2007

Rest In Peace.

wife of cory Ricks eow 1-13-06

May 26, 2007

You will be remembered forever. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and your brothers in blue will never forget that.

City Marshal Aaron Bridges
Quinter Police Department

February 24, 2007

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Sheriff James L. Johnson,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the "ODMP Light". That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute.

People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer.

Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP serves as a place where that continuum of "LIGHT" can be seen through and within, the heart and soul of each and every person who honors our fallen heroes with a relection and/or tribute. As we say in Hawaii, "We are `Ohana. We are family".

May God comfort the family and loved ones who have lost their beloved James. May God also comfort those who have lost a fellow officer and friend that can never be replaced in this lifetime.

I wish you peace and love beyond all understanding.
May you rest in peace Sheriff James L. Johnson.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana. Amen.

**I pray all find comfort in this Hawaiian prayer I leave you.**


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

January 5, 2007

Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice, and that of your family and friends. Good bye sir, see you when I get there.

As cops, We all hope that when we put on that uniform, and go to work each day, we will come home to our families in the same shape as when we left them. As cops, we all know that we may not come home at all...that is the dedication, that is the job, that is the honor, that is the reason for the respect.

Pooler Police Department, Pooler GA

December 27, 2006

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