Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Reflections for Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

October 5, 2019

Rest in peace Administrator Johnson. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the TNDOC during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

September 10, 2019

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Debra was killed in the line of duty.

To the Johnson family, fellow officers, and all who call Debra beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that that you receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Correctional Administrator gave to her community and the citizens of Tennessee and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on August 7, 2019.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 9, 2019

I would just like to say thank you (although that doesn't seem to be enough) for your service and sacrifice (trying to make this crazy world a better and safer place). You will not be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to your friends, family and coworkers. RIP.

Marie C
NJ Citizen

September 3, 2019

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over eight years. I pray that Debra's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

August 28, 2019

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

August 27, 2019

Administrator Johnson,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

August 26, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 18, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister LEO.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

August 16, 2019

The thin blue line protect us all is 1 person thinner today God bless all wh serv and who fall

Va lawyer Bernard Via
Lawyer

August 16, 2019

May God bless the family of our fallen officer.

F.T.O. Michael St.Clair II
Chicago Police Department

August 16, 2019

Rest In Peace Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson, May God watch over you, your family and loved ones.

FTO. Samuel Steinmetz
Venice Police Department

August 16, 2019

To family, friends, and coworkers of Miss Debra:
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS
None

August 15, 2019

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Frank. J. Corasaniti II,Retired Fire Lt.
Baltimore City Fire Department

August 15, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers. Rest In Peace my Sister in BLUE.

D.A. Investigator Esrael Silva
Deaf Smith County District Attorney Office, Hereford, Texas

August 15, 2019

“And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of men, Amen”

A. E. Suarez, Senior Investigator
NYSDOCCS

August 15, 2019

Rest in Peace Administrator Johnson. Thank you for your Service.
My Prayers for your Family both Blood and Blue.

Corporal Terri Albrght, #668
DuPage County Sheriff's Office

August 15, 2019

Rest in peace Administrator Johnson. My sympathies are with your family, fellow officers and friends.

William Farrell
US Army Military Police, Ret

August 15, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my sister.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 14, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Correctional Administrator, Debra Johnson. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Correctional Administrator succumbs from injuries from an inmate attack. Her bravery and courage to protect and serve her community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2019

Thank you for all your years of service and dedication, well done ma'am.
May you rest in peace and may God bless your family.

Deputy Chief Inv. Lois V. Woods
Clayton County Solicitor General's Office

August 14, 2019

Requiescat in Pacem

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

August 14, 2019

Administrator Johnson, you served many years working among dangerous men and women, knowing that you are putting your life on the line each and every day. The man who killed you was one of those you were serving. Your dedication to your work will not go unnoticed by our Lord, and your reward in heaven will be abundant. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

August 13, 2019

Rest in peace and thank you for your service. God will continue to watch over you family. You rest well.

Sr. Trooper Bobby D. White
Alabama State Troopers- Montgomery, AL

August 13, 2019

You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

August 13, 2019

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