Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Duane Curtis Johnson

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 1984

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Reflections for Police Officer Duane Curtis Johnson

I just saw your post. Thank you for your reflection Reuben.I am glad to have contributed to the scholarship.

MPO Dana Johnson, VA. Beach PD
Twin brother

November 2, 2009

Hi, Bro:

I am getting ready to post Chinatown pics upon my Facebook Site.

I was thinking about You today........

Michael B. Parlor

September 27, 2009

Thank you so much PFC Reuben Hernandez for your compassionate reflection for Duey.
And CONGRATULATIONS on winning the scholarship in my brother's name!
God Bless you and the very best of luck to you in your future endeavors.Please keep us posted here if you can.

Best Regards,

Donna Culwell

August 10, 2009

I never meet officer duane and thats of course because i am only 18 years old. But he would be remember now by one other person and his legacy would keep on. I am proud to have been chosen for the Duane Johnson Memorial scholarship and an honor to have my name underneath his plaque in jamestown high school. here is a poem i read for our fallen man and for duane

Let your soul rest in peace and your legacy leave on

A Part of America Died

Somebody killed a policeman today, and part of America died. A piece of our country he swore to protect, will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that killed him will stand up in court, with counsel demanding his rights. While a young widowed mother must work for her kids, and spend many long, lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield too, just as if he'd gone off to war. Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast, to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today, in your hometown or in mine. While we slept in comfort behind locked doors, a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street, and he stands at each rookies side. He answered the call, of himself he gave his all ...And A Part Of America Died.

(author unknown)

Private First Class Reuben Hernandez
Explorer Post 125

June 4, 2009

Hey Little Brother,We never know the impact we will have on another's life.If you were here, you would know that my daughters, your nieces, have never gotten over your passing. You are their favorite Uncle. They still have small keepsakes you gave them and still talk with great affection about you. I think of you often and wish you were here. I will see you one day when I go home too. Love you.

Patty Johnson
Big Sis

May 25, 2009

Hey Duey!
I just recently found out about this page when I was informing co-workers as to why they would see our US Flag flying half-mast at Post Offices and other places around town on May 15. I got into a more in-depth discussion with one of them and 'googled' your full name. This site came up...nothing like starting a work-day with the weepies. :(
I have a blue C.O.P.S ribbon on my car, and two on my motorcycle; flown in your memory. On May 15, I wore a ribbon pinned to my shirt by the LAPD Central pin I have. The pin and ribbon were in memory of you...the T-shirt I wore is one I purchased at Dana's VBPD store, in honor of Dana and his continued service.
It is now Memorial Day. I thank you for being the Marine that you were...oops...are (no such thing as an ex-Marine!)...and as a dedicated LAPD Officer. You were called from us far too soon...according to our time-table anyway... But our Father in Heaven forever knows best, and one day, we'll understand as well.
I miss you, were quite a guy!

Much love, always...

Pam DeLong
Sister, Tucson, AZ

May 25, 2009

I wanted to mention in my last post but forgot to. Last year when I met Sgt Tim O'Gorman,LAPD 77th Div.,who was riding in the 2008 Police Unity Tour, he gave me a LAPD bracelet in rememberance of you. I do not wear it much to keep it from being damaged. So, with the help of your nephew Ryan, he helped me secure it on the inside of the fairing of my 02' Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle. It is there for me to see your name everytime I ride. It also honors LEO's standing fallen as well. Very nice!!!!

MPO Dana Johnson, 1st Pct
Virginia Beach Police, twin brother

March 31, 2009

Hey Duey,
Just thought I would drop you a line and advise that this June I will be receiving the Life Saving medal from the VA Beach Police Dept in reference to an incident where I talked a man out of shooting himself in September 2008. Just doing my job bro. Just as you would !!
Always in my thoughts !!!

MPO Dana Johnson
VA Beach Police, Twin brother

March 30, 2009


Hey Buddy, I talk to you occasionally, but I thought I would leave am message on here to let others know that you are not forgotten. It's been a lot of years, but I know you are still watching over us and continuing to support that Thin Blue Line.

Semper Fi

Chuck Metcalfe
Elmira, NY (childhood friend)

March 1, 2009

You are not forgotten.


January 6, 2009

It was 24 years ago today that I lost you. Our 51st birthday was this past December 10th. I still serve with pride on the Virginia Beach Police Department. I now have 27 yrs,three months,19 days of service. I was teaching a middle school class today with the topic on gangs. So I told the kids about you being killed in the line of duty by a Chinese gang member. I had their undevided attention and I showed them that I still mourn for you.
Our uncle Bob passed away on December 17th in Arizona. He was about 80. He was one of your pall bearers. He is with you in peace. Remember the cool train setup in his basement back in Blaisedell,N.Y.,it was always a treat to go to his house.
You are always in everyones heart and never forgotten.

MPO Dana W. Johnson
VA Beach Police(VA),Twin brother

December 19, 2008

You have not been forgotten. Rest in peace.


December 18, 2008

Today at 0830,west coast time, LAPD cop killer Hau Cheong Chan had his first parole board hearing since being convicted of killing LAPD Central Division Off. Duane C. Johnson on December 19,1984 was DENIED parole at a hearing at Avenal State Prison. His sister Donna Culwell made the trip special in person to ensure that her voice was heard.
The next hearing should be in about five years, where we will band together and work to keep him where he belongs..... IN PRISON!!!
Thanks to everyone who knew him and/or supported the Johnson/Berger families in remembering him, in the effort to keep a cop killer behind bars.

MPO Dana Johnson, Twin brother
VA Beach Police,VA

July 9, 2008

Hey Dad,
We're coming to see you tomorrow after the parole hearing in LA. I decided to go and fortunately got the day off from work, trust me they owed me :) I just knew I should be there for mom, and that even if I don't make a statement, my presence is felt as your daughter.

Rachel Claire

Rachel Claire Butler

July 8, 2008

Here I was thinking about that fateful day in 1984, and I decided to visit this site.

I am gonna smack Tim. We have known each other for more than two decades and I never knew his connection to Duane(RIP).

Tim is one of the greatest guys who I have ever had the opportunity to work with. These days, we are assigned to adjoining patrol divisions. I am not a bit surprised that he would never allow the memory of one of ours, to be forgotten.

To the Johnson Family:

It is because of Heroes such as Duane Curtis Johnson, that I am proud to be a member of the LAPD.

Maj M. B. Parlor

July 3, 2008

Hi Duey,
Wow...I got to go to National Police Memorial Week for the first time. My company sponsored me and I got to attend so many beautiful and meaningful ceremonies and the Top Cop Awards. I met up with Sgt.Tim O'Gorman and went along with a large contingent of LAPD officers to Arlington National Cemetery where they placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.Later we went together to the candle light vigil, where I met up with a LASD friend of mine. Tim gave me a bracelet with your name and E.O.W. on it and there was also one on the wall above your name. I put a red rose there...traced your name.
LAPD was very impressive as always and turned heads everywhere they went.I met many of your former co-workers.
What an inspiring time I had! LAPD treated me like family.
Sleep tight brother.

Love Always,

Donna Culwell

May 25, 2008

Friday May 9th Dorothy and I,after weeks of communication, met up with 77th Street Sgt Tim O'Gorman,LAPD class 1-81, who was in town for the Police Unity Tour ride to D.C. I'm pretty sure there was some shock when he saw me. He tells me he was working Central Division Traffic when you and Archie responded to the silent hold up alarm.
We had dinner and then we took him home. Dorothy had to work the next morning and Tim wanted to find a camera for the ride. I then took him back to his hotel. We had a good time talking.
The next day I led a group of honor guard officers from other departments to present colors for the Tour send off. He showed me a LAPD bracelet he was wearing to honor you during the ride. He also gave me one which I wear as much as I can.
It is so nice to meet officers who remember you after all these years !!

MPO Dana Johnson,1st Pct
VA Beach Police(VA), twin brother

May 14, 2008

I realize this is late. Mom died on April 2,2008 from dementia/alzhemiers disease in Tucson,AZ. Even tho we did not have the greatest relationship. She is still our mom. The family adds the responsibilty of taking care of her along with dad onto you until we are back together again.
In case I did not put in earlier postings. I have a tattoo of your LAPD badege on my upper right arm. I says "Duey" at the top,with "twins" and "forever" on each side, EOW 12-19-1984 is at the bottom.Those who see it think its pretty cool !!!
Dorothy is doing well, your nephews Ryan and Nick are good too.
As always,you are in my heart and thoughts.

MPO Dana Johnson
VA Beach Police(VA), twin brother

April 30, 2008

I was in Class 9-81 with Duane until I sustained a permanent injury in the academy wrestling Ivan Minsel. I often studied with Duane. He was a very dedicated cadet and a good man. Years later I saw him off-duty and we certainly remembered each other and the fond memories. Shortly thereafter Duane was no longer with us. He gave his life to protect society.

I remember one of the instructors in the academy telling the class that the odds are at least one of our classmates would be killed in the line of duty. I had so much respect for the men and women in our class I didn't think that the odds would catch any of us.

Due to my permanent injury I never graduated from 9-81, but always felt a part of that class. In the early weeks of the academy I was the Class DI, and could count on Duane for anything like a the loyal dedicated US Marine and LAPD Officer that he was.

I will always remember Duane and hope his family is forever comforted. Thank you, Duane, for sharing a part of your life with me. I will be forever grateful!

OFCR Joseph Gutierrez 23422

February 8, 2008

I can still remember how Dana showed up at Central Division, and LAPD cops told me how they almost had heart attacks, because they had no idea that You had a Twin Brother.

To the Johnson Family:

Duane will never be forgotten amongst the LAPD.

Maj M. B. Parlor

December 19, 2007

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of your death. It truly does not seem that long ago !
Dorothy and I got back from a trip to Minnesota to see my Vikings play the Bears. Vikes-20,Bears-13! Great game !!
How I wish you could have been therte with us. We really would have had a blast !
I am slowly getting ready to retire. I am eligible January of 2008.When the time comes I will be ready to go, for I have done my bit for "King and Queen". Currently I have 26 yrs,three months and 19 days of service.
Your Twin,

MPO Dana Johnson
VA Beach Police,VA-Twin brother

December 19, 2007

23 years ago today the heavens cried and took you from us.

Remembering you especially on this day Duey.

Love Always and Always,

Donna Culwell

December 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Duey.
You would have been 50 today! Oh my gosh....50.....
Back then you were barely 27...
I thought of you today as I do every single day.

Missing you very much,
Love always,

Donna Culwell

December 10, 2007

Today we would have celebrated our 50th birthday. My wife threw me the best birthday party in a long time ! I so wish you could have been here or talk you on remarkable time in ones life. I spoke with Rachel today, she will be getting married on Wednesday December 12. I hope the best for her and her husband. Today also marks a time in my life where I can consider retirement, you would have been long gone had to you lived to see your retirement. I have 26 yrs three months and 10 days of service. Presently I plan on staying till I'm 55. Should circumstances change, with the right opportunity, I may go sooner. December 19th will be 23 years since losing you. A day does not go by that I do not think of you. I am currently active, along with your sister Donna, in doing our best in keeping the man responsible for your death behind bars. Your nephews, Ryan and Nickolas, are both handsom young men. They work hard and know who you are. Dorothy is her usual bubbly self and misses you too.
I leave you now forever in my heart.

Master Police Officer Dana W. Johnson
VA Beach Police, Twin brother

December 10, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 10, 2007

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