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

Rest in Peace CO Johnson, what a shame to be killed on your birthday. My prayers are with your family both at home and on the job. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Karen Perrucci

April 17, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Johnson, especially to his fiancee. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Ronald, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Ronald's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Ronald's life was about so much more than the way he died. Ronald will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Johnson, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

April 17, 2011

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

April 17, 2011

God never forgets his peacekeepers. Thank you for your service.

J.E. Wright
California Department of Corrections

April 17, 2011

We walk the toughest beats, the hardest "neighborhoods", and never waver. May you Rest in Peace. may your family find comfort and may all who knew you remember you forever in their hearts.

Lt. Ernest L. Farley
N.J. Dept. of Corrections

April 17, 2011

To work with "RJ" was an honor. He was a mentor, teacher, and even a father figure to many of us. His dedication to his job and his co workers was an inspuration to us all and an example of how to live your life and perform your duties to the best of your abilities. My heart goes out to his family in these difficult times and many of us will keep them in our prayers. We will miss you "RJ" God Bless.

SCO Corey Bintliff
South Dakota Department of Corrections

April 16, 2011

RIP brother my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Correctional Officer Senior
Virginia Department of Corrections

April 16, 2011

There are not enough words to take away the sorrow your family and fellow officer's are feeling, but please know that there are THOUSANDS out here praying for them during this incredibly difficult time. God bless.

Chris and Lisa Schultz
Officers at Minnesota DOC-Red Wing

April 16, 2011

So very sorry for the family & friends left behind by this terribly tragedy.

C/O T. Bennett
Queensland Corrections

April 16, 2011

God Bless, Rest in Peace Officer Johnson.

Michael Koegel
NJDOC

April 16, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with your family as well as your fellow correction officers. Your service to this great state was not in vain nor will it be forgotten. Your brothers will carry on in your place. Blessed are the peacekeepers for they shall be called the children of God. Rest well brother.

Special Agent Justin Hooper
Bureau of Indian Affairs

April 15, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Johnson. Your Watch has ended in Honor. My Heartfelt Thoughts and Prayers are extended to your family.

COII Matthew Hodgman
Minnesota Department of Corrections

April 15, 2011

Rest in Peace, thank you for your service.

Esposito
Parole Officer CT DOC

April 15, 2011

Thank you for your service and your family is in my prayers

Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

April 15, 2011

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

April 15, 2011

My prayers go out to all the brave men and women who walk the floors for their tour of duty each day. To Officer Johnson, and his family - my deepest sympathies. This job is dangerous to all. At times it proves the dangers to us.

Lt. Phil Petote #2942
Polk County Sheriff's Office

April 15, 2011

Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with both your personal family and you correctional family.

Mary Stahl-Swanson, Special Investigator
MN Department of Corrections

April 15, 2011

God I pray you will please watch over the family, and friends of this Officer, give them peace dear Lord. Rest easy my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is now over.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

April 15, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Ronald Johnson . Thank you for your service to your state and country.
May the lord bless the men and women of the South Dakota Department of Corrections. We here at WA, DOC will be praying for our Brothers and Sisters in South Dakota during this time of mourning.

Sergeant Herrmann
Washington State Department Of Corrections

April 15, 2011

This is an unspeakable tragedy. May God's Angels Always Follow you.

Rest in Peace, Officer Johnson.

Elizabeth Ross

April 15, 2011

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the tragic death of Officer Johnson. I am very sorry that he is no longer with you.

No doubt this sad event has been very disturbing for you and for the many other people who knew and cared for him. I am thinking of you and them in this time of loss and bereavement.

With sympathy,

Correctional Officer Vince Mathews
British Columbia, Canada

Correctional Officer Vince Mathews
Correctional Service of Canada

April 14, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Johnson, my sincerer condolences to your family and to your department. I hope your state has the death penalty for killing police officers. Thanks for your service. Terry Zech

OFC TERRY F. ZECH(RET) USN (RET)
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPT, DETROIT MICHIGAN

April 14, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family of Officer Johnson. God Bless him for service at the South Dakota Department of Corrections. Rest in Peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

April 14, 2011

My thoughts are with Officer Johnson's family.

Sgt. Jon Mueller
IL State Police

April 14, 2011

To Officer Johnson's family and the staff of SDP. I volunteered at this prison for 8 years and can say that the CO's truly protect our community. Thank you for all you do each day. May your family know that many of us do care and appreciate your work. I remember Officer Johnson not only as a kind man but one who was fair. I am sorry for everyones loss.

Denny Austin
Former Volunteer at SDP

April 14, 2011

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