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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

Johantgen, was one of my officers and I truly cared about each and everyone that worked on my zone. This was one of the worst days of my career you see I am Johantgen's dispatcher. Two days before he called me on the console and said. "Ms. Deadwyler, I want you to know I never call radio to talk to the dispatchers but you are the best thing that could have happened to Zone 3 and I am going to put you on my Christmas list." This is one of the highest compliments a dispatcher could be given from one of their officers. I worked the zone for over 16hours that day because I could not let my baby be out there and know I wasn't there. To all of the officers I served and worked prayers still go out for you daily. May GOD keep you as you serve the citizens of your respective agencies.

Janie Deadwyler, Sr. Instructor

December 21, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27 anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to your community as a police officer and to your country as a Marine. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was also your brother in green so I bid you semper fi.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Mitch, you and your family are in my heart's embrace today.

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

December 21, 2011

We think about you every day. Dad misses you. He is not in good health. It really touch my heart to see all the wonderful post about the boys. We get cards from your dad and mom every year. Gwen too. She sends us pictures of them too. They are so hansome. They have grown so fast. I went to the wall and got your name off for dad. He had the biggest smile on his face. All he could say was "Skin Head". We will make sure to see it to the end for you..We love you.


October 14, 2011

Wow, how I miss you. I was the first officer on scene that day, it will forever be embedded in my memory. Jo use to train me, I had only been on the street a few months due to my tour of duty in Desert Storm when I finished the academy. He was one of my protectors. BC told me about the graduation of his son. I know he is proud.

He will never be forgotten

fellow officer/ Charlotte Bassett Hutchins

Officer Charlotte Bassett Hutchins
Atlanta Police Dept 23 years

August 23, 2011

It has been 19 years my brother RIP

Mike Dempsey
USMC C 1/3

December 21, 2010

Well my friend your son Mitch graduated Boot Camp at Paris Island and he looked just like you at that age. You would be very proud of him. I met Niles JR, Gwen, BC from Alanta PD and Doug at the graduation it was a great day.
We all miss you,,
Semper Fi...

Iron Mike
USMC / Epsom PD

September 6, 2010

Well Mitch is following in your footsteps, in Boot camp and doing well. I will be at his graduation in September to watch him get his eagle globe and anchor.

Semper fi my brother

Iron Mike

July 18, 2010

I was at the Wall in DC again visiting You, Mike and Jermery All Marines, All Cops, all brothers.

I miss you

Iron Mike

Mike Dempsey Capt Ret

June 3, 2010

I have thought of you so many times over the years. I use to live in Jonesboro South apts and you were always kind, protective, no nonsense, and fair. Thank you so much for your service to us as a community and to myself as a single mother trying to raise her children in a difficult environment. You were right, I did not belong there and I soon got out. I am a sucessful, productive woman and you would be proud of me as I was and still am of you. We lost one of the BEST when we lost you. To your family I send my belated heartfelt condolences. I will forever remember you....Deb.

former Atlanta residence

April 18, 2010

Merry Christmas

Ion MIke
Nam Knights MC NH

December 23, 2009

It has been 18 years since your passing, abs you are missed.

Semper Fi My Brother

Iron Mike, President
White Mountian Chapter Nam Knights MC

Iron Mike Dempsey
USMC 79-83

December 21, 2009

I was at the Wall in DC again visiting You, Mike and Jeremy All Marines, All Cops, All brothers.

I miss you All

Iron Mike

Mike Dempseu
USMC Cco 1/3

May 25, 2009

Happy Easter

Micheal Dempsey
Cco 1/3 USMC

April 12, 2009

Jo, Just thought about you like I do often and just wanted to say we all miss you I think I can speak for class 132. God Bless!

Jay Davidson
Atlanta Police Ret.

March 23, 2009

Merry Christmas
Iron Mike

Micheal Dempsey

December 25, 2008

Semper Fi my Brother

Iron Mike

Micheal Dempsey
Nam Knights MC

December 21, 2008

Tomorrow is the anniversary of your passing; you are missed and remembered by your family, your brother Marines and Law Enforcement Officers.
Semper Fi
Iron Mike, President
White Mountain Chapter of Nam Knights Motor Cycle Club

Micheal Dempsey
Iron Mike USMC / EPD Retired

December 20, 2008


I met Mitch this weekend at the C 1/3 reunion. He is a fine young man and would make any father proud. We talked about you and found out that, Qwen is still a mean pinkey finger twister. It was my pleasure to met him and help him to know his father alitter better.

God bless you and your family

Semper Fi
Iron MIke

Micheal Dempsey

June 16, 2008

I was at the national memoral this weekend and I visited your name. I said a prayer for you.

Semper Fi

Iron Mike Dempsey
VP White Mountian Chapter Nam Knights mc

Micheal Dempsey

May 27, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

January 26, 2008

It has been 16 years my Marine corps brother and you are not forgotten, The Marine Corps is eternal.

Semper Fi

Iron MIke

Iron Mike Dempsey
USMC Cco 1/3

December 22, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, NH

December 21, 2007

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and the great times we had as classmates at the academy. I hope to be near by when the coward who took you from us receives the justice he deserves. In the mean time, rest easy Brother.


Det. David J. Studdard (ret.)
Atlanta P.D.

December 17, 2007

hey dad you were many things you were a marine a consturction worker with your father and you were a police officer you never stopped helping people. I miss you ooh-rah!

mitch johantgen

December 16, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 8, 2007

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