Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Niles Frederick Johantgen

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1991

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Reflections for Officer Niles Frederick Johantgen

Niles was a good man. Give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I worked for and with Niles. I'd trade places with him right now. I owe Niles my life he saved it more than once. To be killed like he was is wrong. To this day I believe he was set up to be killed by the scum he hunted. He cared about the people he was there to protect...

Joseph Fields

December 16, 2022

Niles, Doug Johnson, and myself were all Marines, from 1980-1984. Doug, and myself, were from Georgia, and Niles hailed from Michigan. Unbeknownst to me, Niles moved down to Georgia in the late 80's and went into business with Doug as bail bondsman/skip tracers. I was in a video store, yeah they actually existed, around the corner from my house in Stone Mountain, Ga. As I'm scanning the selection of movies, this guy bumps into me. I didn't think anything about it until a minute later, when he basically elbows me out of the way. I wheel around and it's Niles. For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting him. Niles was approximately, 6'5, and probably 250 lbs +! Zero body fat and just a mountain of a man. He had a chiseled face and a semi high and tight haircut. He was the epitome of a Marine. God bless him, his boys, and his wife.

Captain G.W. Warren
Fulton Co Police Department (Ret)
United States Marine Corps

October 28, 2021

The suspect Norris Speed upon retrial was resentenced from a death sentence to life . Please update your information.

Retired Police Officer Reginald Butler
Atlanta Police Department

September 8, 2021

Driving through Atlanta today thinking of you Semper Fi Brother

Captain Iron Mike Dempsey ret

July 9, 2021

28 year, miss you just as much, but thinking of the fun and laughter we had together. We sure had a great time! Your boys are awesome young men and you you be so proud.

Sgt. BC Williams
Atlanta Police

December 21, 2019

I just met your son Mitch. Great guy. He and his fiancee are doing well. Rest easy bother, we have the watch from here.

D/Tpr. Cody Little
Michigan State Police

November 9, 2019

I was just a little girl when you passed from us. Fly with the angels, wholly quiet now and peace. Your smile and bear hugs made living so lovely. From Suzie and my son, Andrew xxx still miss you more than words can say.

Suzie Szigethy and Andrew Ellioty
Family friend

August 8, 2017

Missing you today my friend.

Sgt. BC Williams, Ret
Atlanta Police Department

February 16, 2017

coming from a family of peace officers, I am always sadden by such senseless, cold and heartless murders of our officers. Always and forever, they take the bullet for all to protect all citizens. it should be an automatic death sentence for anyone who murders a cop, or life incarcerated without the possibility of parole--if he gets out, he will just find more to murder, he is a cold blooded killer who should never walk this earth again. Please do whatever it takes to keep him behind bars.

fannie Williams
neighborhood Representative, Deer Park Texas

December 23, 2016

Niles truly was a person who made the world a better place and his absence has left a hole in the world. This gentle giant is still missed

God Bless

James (Mickey) Mastrangelo
USMC 80-84

December 22, 2016

Remembering you today Rip my brother RIP

Micheal Dempsey
C co USMC 1/3

December 21, 2016

I am very saddened to hear that the offender in this case had his sentenced overturned. I don't know if anyone can contact the family to let them know of this injustice. My husband was the lead investigator on the case. We just learned of it two weeks ago when an investigator for the defense showed up at our doorstep. I did not know Niles but from my husbands colleagues he was highly thought of. I understand he had a little boy at the time who had to grow up with out a dad. He should be a grown man by now.

Terri Olsen-Greene
Wife of Investigator M.T.Greene

January 8, 2016

Sorry Im a little late this year but I think of you often. You are remembered. Semper fi

Iron Mike

Captain Micheal Dempsey (ret)

December 23, 2015

You are not Forgotten Semper Fi my Brother

Captain Micheal Dempsey (ret)

December 20, 2014

Rest in Peace young man….May God Bless you and your family.

Retired Patrolman
Ipswich Police Dept. Ipswich, MA

December 21, 2013

Niles another year has passed. Your are Missed and remembered by your Marine Corps Brothers from Cco 1/3. We toasted you at our reunion and support your son Mitch who is currently serving. Rest in peace my brother.

Captain Micheal Dempsey (ret)

December 20, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Detective Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

March 24, 2013

Hard to beleive it has been 21 years since you were taken from us Semper Fi My brother you are not forgotten

Captain Micheal Dempsey
Hillsborough County NH/USMC 1/3

December 20, 2012

You've been on my mind a lot lately. I think of you, and wish Gwen and the boys well. I know you are watching over them...and me. Thank you for being the person you were, and the guardian angel you are. You are not forgotten and still loved.
The Brat

The Brat
Personal Message

October 10, 2012

Semper Fi my brother you are missed, thinking of you today as I look through the photos of our youth in the USMC. Rip

Captain/Retired Mike Dempsey
Hillsborough County DOC/Epsom PD

July 12, 2012

Miss you my brother

Captain Mike Dempsey

April 11, 2012

Never forget your smile.
Semper Fi

cpl Drew Hanson
Charlie Co.1/3

March 7, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Johantgen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2012

I knew you before you became a police officer and your desire to always do what was help those that needed help. You are family is in my prayers and I know you and Chris are watching over many of us.

Steve Hanley

February 4, 2012

For those of us who patrolled metro Atlanta in 1991, Officer Johantgen is remembered often. Christmas Eve has never been the same since that cold day when his mother thanked us for being at the service...when Chief Bell had us all stand "in honor"...when B.C. told us more about Niles...when Mayor Maynard Jackson openly wept. It was a sad, sad day...twenty years have passed. It seems like yesterday.

Former Lieutenant T.D. Barge
East Point Police Department

December 22, 2011

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