Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Ronald E. "RJ" Johnson

South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Ronald E. "RJ" Johnson

Remembering another brother who has fallen. We will never forget the sacrifice you made and the life that was taken away from you. My thoughts, love and respect for your family.

R Kruid Sr Cr Inv.
USMS Ret. - SDSP 1977-78

April 1, 2022

Officer Johnson,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of South Dakota. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

April 12, 2021

Rest in Peace Correction Officer Johnson. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson Family and the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

November 19, 2020

Rest in eternal peace

Mark Mottola

April 12, 2020

I knew RJ...... I was an inmate from 98-02 and a couple more stints throughout the 2000s....RJ was quiet, reserved, showed up to do his job, and go home.....he never went looking to cause problems, very professional......RIP RJ

Charles Jacobs #33881, 33915....Inmate

July 26, 2019

I didn't know SCO RJ Johnson, but I still feel as if i lost a brother, he dedicated his life to SDSP and brought a lot of positive changes to keep COs like myself safe. Thank you RJ.

Corporal/Police Officer Robert Kirvin
South Dakota State Penitentiary/Lennox Police Department

April 12, 2019

Rest in peace Corrections Officer Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2019

Rest in peace Corrections Officer Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 18, 2018

I miss you old friend, I remeber when I saw the news, I remember the man who taught me to count in East Hall all those years ago, and I remember you by speaking your name to the hundreds of officers that I have trained since the day you trained me. God's speed RJ, rest well've earned it.

Berl Goff II Deputy Warden / Major

May 18, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. May God watch over your loving family always.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 12, 2018

R.I.P. RJ. I too worked my entire career at SDSP with you. I remember my first assignment because that's where I met you. You also mentored me on several job assignments there. I miss you RJ.

Corporal Kirt Schweigert
South Dakota State Penitentiary

September 17, 2017

They better kill Boston Bomber (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) and Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Now. Before someone in Grand Forks or Fargo area and works in Grand Forks AFB or Minot AFB might do an air strike over Terre Haute, Indiana.


May 25, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated, selfless service to the people of South Dakota. Your memory lives on and always will.

Appreciative citizen of SD

April 22, 2015

Officer Johnson,
You risked your life daily to make sure that innocent people would not be harmed and while doing so you ended up making the ultimate sacrifice. I am glad to hear that the men who murdered you were found guilty for their crime. Thank you for the 23 years of service that you dedicated to ensuring the well-being of your community. You will forever be remembered as a hero and will never be forgotten. R.I.P

MHHS student-Adriana Toledo

May 12, 2014

I miss you RJ. I worked with you for my entire career at SDSP and enjoyed eating lunch with you, as well as working with you. RIP, buddy.

Special Security Lt.
Joe Miller

January 15, 2014

Brother RJ:
Your brothers and sisters from across the border- Minnesota, and from all over the country will long remember and never forget your sacrafice. Everything I heard form your family, friends and co-workers reaffirms the adage;
They are not heros for how they died.
They are heros for how they lived.
We will always have the watch, God bless you, your family, and all of our brothers and sisters in the SD Dept. of Corrections.
Rest in peace brother.

Sergeant Paul Schanno
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF- Stillwater

November 4, 2012

R.J. You have been missed by so many of your brothers and sisters. We still talk about you, don't worry only good things. On Monday OCtober 15, 2012 we got one of them R.J. This was a hard day for a lot because it once again reminded us of how special you really where. I hope you are at peace and I have been praying that Mrs. Johnson can have some peace to. Rest in peace my brother.

FTO James Elledge
South Dakota DOC

October 20, 2012

R.I.P Brother

John Roberts CO IV
Texas Dept. Of Criminal Justice

October 18, 2012

You served your community and your family with honour. Rest now, my friend. Find your peace.

Noel Pratten (Ex sheriff's deputy)

October 17, 2012

God Bless


October 16, 2012

RIP Brother.....

Sgt (ret) ODonnell
Nebraska DCS

October 16, 2012

May you rest now. Justice has been carried out.

Laure May
Mom to Police Officer

October 16, 2012

Thank you for protecting our community. My love and prayers are with you and your family today. God bless you and your loved ones.

Jessica Schaefer

October 15, 2012

May god bless your family.You've worked hard for 23 years I only hope I can be the measure of a public servant as you were.Tonight I will be praying for your family.Dedication in the Websters Dictionary has a picture of you brother.Again Thank You.

U.S.Department of Justice Federal Bureau Of Prisons

April 16, 2012

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