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

The department and family of Correctional Officer Johnson are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cpl. David G Whaley
Marion County Sheriffs Office Corrections, Fl.

April 12, 2011

Thank you, hero, for your selfless service. You gave it your all, may your family always be proud of your heroism & dedication to your job.

Mother of an Officer
Colorado Springs PD

April 12, 2011

My sympathies to Officer Johnson's family, colleagues and friends. To think that he was so close to retirement age and would be able to spend more time with his family hurts me. I would have traded places with him. The dirtbags should have been shot resisting arrest. Rest in peace Officer Johnson.

SFC William L. Farrell
US Army Military Police, Ret.

April 12, 2011

As a former inmate of a facility in NJ I know the hard job he had, and thank you Officer Johnson, for giving your life to serve the people. I have change my ways and part of that is due to some good officers who took some time to tell me I could be more than a junkie and convict.

Debra Cordova

April 12, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co-workers of CO Ronald Johnson. I pray that the inmates responsible pay the ultimate price for this brutal crime. May God Bless and comfort the Johnson family. To CO Johnson, I salute you Sir for your bravery, dedication to duty and ultimate sacrifice.

Sergeant, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

April 12, 2011

RIP. God Bless you and your family. Thank you for the sacrafices you have made.

PPAII Roger Burton
Missouri Probation Parole

April 12, 2011

C.O. Johnson you have given the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace. Much thoughts and prayers go out to your co-workers and family members.

Deputy Rob Cook
Washoe County Sheriff's Office

April 12, 2011



April 12, 2011

Thank you for your service! God's Speed!

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

April 12, 2011

Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Deputy Kyle J. Holewinski

April 12, 2011

God Bless and keep his family both at home and on the job. I know all to well the hazards of your thankless job my brother of the badge. Go now and rest in God's loving arms . We got the watch from here

James Waynick COII
Ga Dept of Corrections

April 12, 2011

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 12, 2011

Rest in Peace Brother

SCO Joe Robinson
Bayside State Prison New Jerseyepartment of Corrections

April 12, 2011

Rest In Peace


April 12, 2011

RIP brother.


April 12, 2011

R.I.P. Officer Ronald Johnson.

Principal Inspector

April 12, 2011

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the South Dakota Department of Corrections. May you rest in peace.

Off. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

April 12, 2011

The family of Ronald "RJ" Johnson is in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I'm honored to have worked along side of RJ while I was employed at the SDSP in Sioux Falls, SD. You gave the ultimate sacrifice RJ. Thank you for your 23 years of service protecting the citizens of South Dakota.

Brian Green
South Dakota DOC - Parole Services

April 12, 2011

Rest in Peace Sir.......

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth Texas PD

April 12, 2011

Thank you CO Johnson for your hard work and sacrifice and for paying the ultimate price for the fine folks in South Dakota. Us 'jailers' have a thankless job and you performed admirably for 23+ years....My condolences to your family, friends and co-workers. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!! May you forever, rest in peace, my friend...

Mitch Cheselka
Sergeant, CA/OR Retired

April 12, 2011

R.I.P. Officer Johnson.

NYPD 44pct

April 12, 2011

Officer Johnson, your watch is ended. May our Heavenly Father watch over your family and friends during this tragic time. May your soul walk carefully and proudly into everlasting life. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in God’s peace my friend, you deserve it.

Chaplain Michael Grinnals
Camillus Police Department

April 12, 2011

I knew Ron from the past when i lived in siouz Falls. What a nice man he was back then and i bet still was. He was kind, but had a hard but understang heart. He will be missed very much by all.


April 12, 2011

Rest in peace thoughts are with your family, friends and the members of the SDDOC during this most difficult and tragic time.

Lt. Joseph Ward, REt.
Jackson, NJ PD

April 12, 2011

RIP, Officer Johnson. We will pray for peace for your loved ones. Thank you for your dedication and service.

Kim Watson
Wife of officer, cousin of fallen officer

April 12, 2011

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