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

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

May the God of all comfort surround you with peace as you walk through this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.

wife of an APD officer

April 14, 2011

May you rest in peace

Sergeant M. Fontaine
California Department of Corrections

April 14, 2011

With a heavy heart, I express my deepest sympathies to CO Johnson's family. Know that we, his extended CO family here in all South Dakota prisons, are grieving deeply for his tragic loss. We know the sacrifice and the daily grind first hand that RJ made for 23 courageous years. Shocked and saddened at the loss of such a great man, who is now even being recognized by former inmates as "a good, fair, honorable" man, we are inspired by his heroism. Rest in peace, RJ. And thank you to all brother/sister law officers who have sent their condolences within the state and across the country. It gives us strength during this tough time.

South Dakota DOC

April 14, 2011

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

April 14, 2011

Wars come and go, but my soldier(Correctional Officer Ronald E. Johnson), they remain eternal.

Adrian Murphy

April 14, 2011

I had the honor to work R.J. a few years back at the prison and he was a great man. My heart goes out to the family and I will keep you in my prayers.

LAkisha brown

April 14, 2011

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Correctional Officer Ronald E. Johnson. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of South Dakota will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

May the children and grandchildren of Correctional Officer Johnson, know that their Dad/Grandfather is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us. Officer Johnson. Thank You sir for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

April 14, 2011

My thoughts are with Officer Johnson's family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, agency, and the entire state of South Dakota. Every one of us has lost a hero. Thank you, Officer Johnson, for your service.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

April 14, 2011

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank
God that such men lived." -- Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

On behalf of Morning Watch MDC Los Angeles we offer our most sincere condolence to Mr. Johnsons family and his co workers.

Myself and my responders were also faced with a similar situation in 2003 and we were prepared for violence as we encountered our subjects however they smartly did not resist.

The threat is always real within these walls, some dont want to be here, and they will do anything to facilitate a compromise in security or attempt to take our lives in their attempt.

Lieutenant M. Fitzgerald
Federal Bureau of Prisons

April 14, 2011

To the Johnson Family and Friends,

May the Lord continue to bless you all with positive memories of Ronald. A great man and a true HERO! Many blessing to those who knew Ronald and those who served with him. He will be truly missed.

Lieutenant Barbara Alexander Terry
Phoenix Police Department

Lieutenant Barbara Alexander Terry
Phoenix Police Department

April 14, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a pain felt all over America.

Airway Heights Corrections Center, Washington

April 14, 2011

God Bless you sir

Rick F.
Ret. CO

April 14, 2011

Rest in peace brother. We will keep the fight from here. I hope in time your family and agency finds peace in your passing.

Enjoy watch in heaven.

Police Officer II Dan Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

April 14, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Johnson. As a former State Correction in New York State for 20 years from 1980 to 2000 I know how tough your job is. God bless the men and women of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Police Officer Nelson Marti
New York State Park Police/Taconic region

April 14, 2011

My husband and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Correctional Officer Ronald E. Johnson. It is truly a sad thing that he was murdered for doing his job. If he had worked there for 23 years he must have been very good at is job. It is a tragedy that the family will carry with them forever. But they can also feel blessed for having him in their lives. Again, our sympathy and compassion for the family.


April 13, 2011

The only good I can see out of this, is that Officer Johnson will be welcomed into heaven singing Happy Birghday with his Lord and Saviour. But my heart breaks for his family and friends. You are all hero... Thank you for the ultimate gift.

Ms. Cyndi Underberg
Elementary teacher; You are a hero

April 13, 2011

RIP brother Ronald.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Det. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Dept

April 13, 2011

Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten by the THIN BLUE LINE.

Ofc. Charles Robson (ret)
ormond beach police dept.

April 13, 2011

Thank you for your service. We have the watch from here.

Correctional Officer 2 Chris Young
WA state D.O.C Airway Heights Correction Center

April 13, 2011

Rest Easy my friend; we have the watch from here

Ofc. Matthew Catherwood
Bethesda, MD

April 13, 2011

Give me the keys and Rest in Peace brother.

LT. M. Douglas

April 13, 2011

Rest in peace fellow brother. You are now free from your watch. God Bless Officer Johnson's Family, Fellow South Dakota Correctional Officers and all who knew this great man.

Retired Deputy

April 13, 2011

RJ was a great co-worker, a father figure to a lot of officer's. My family and I are sorry for his loss. He was an exceptional Officer and just an all around good man. Our prayers go out to his family and to all Correctional employees who put their lives on the line every day. May justice come swiftly.

Former CO Cydnie Duffy
South Dakota State Pennitentiary co-worker

April 13, 2011

My sympathy goes out to your family, my thanks goes to Officer Johnson for your service. RIP brother, your watch is done, you have gone 10-7 but you will not be forgotten.

SD Trooper

April 13, 2011

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