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Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 23, 2021

I miss my brother Gerald D Johnson (Jerry) so much. I'll never forget April 23, 1987 as that was an awful day for our family. Jerry and I were very close and I will always love him. Rest easy Jerry as I know I'll see you again.

Laurie Ann Feagle
Sister of Fallen Officer Gerald D Johnson

October 27, 2018

Jerry, I miss you all the time. I can't describe the pain I still feel deep in my heart, so deep that sometimes I just can't make it stop. I hurt a lot the month of February as that was your birthday and the month we both shared birthdays. I hurt even more the month of April as that was the month you died and when you left, part of me died with you. You are on my mind so often. I think about our childhood together and then as adults as we became even closer. Your time here was cut too short, but my memories of you live within me. Dad joined you in heaven a few years ago and I hope he's found you. I so miss him as well. Jerry, I love you so much and I know one day I'll see you and dad again. Love always and forever, your "little sisterita".

Laurie Ann Feagle
Sister of Officer Gerald Johnson EOW 04/23/87 Palm Bay Police Dept

October 11, 2018

After all these years I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I dispatched the shooting and it will never leave my mind or my heart. RIP Jerry

Charlotte Hess
Ex Dispatcher Palm Bay PD

November 23, 2014

Rest In Peace Brave Man x

Jonathan Davis

January 1, 2014

My Condolences go out to you and your partner Officer Johnson, It is your kind of bravery that inspires young people like me to grow up and be in Law Enforcement and protect and serve the people of my community, I wish to be as Brave as you and your partner were, Rest In Peace and God Bless your Heart Officer Johnson

Jason Simoneaux

August 4, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Officer Johnson.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 23, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

We will never forget the sacrifice that you and your family made for all of us. May you continue to rest in peace sir. HEROES do live forever...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


April 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

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 shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 18 years after you were killed.

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

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 4, 2009

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 4, 2007

You have not been forgotten.

Officer John Phillips

April 23, 2007

You paid the ultimate price for making a difference keeping our loved ones safe. Your sacrifice serves as inspiration to those who continue where you left off. The Bible says it best "Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That a Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends".

Deputy Sheriff Billy Long
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2005

I was a new dispatcher with 4 months on the force. I was the police radio dispatcher on this night. I want to say that even though it has been seven years this April, I never forget you. I think of you often and wish that there was some way I could have prevented this. I know that you did your job each day with honor and that you went where angels fear to tread.
Jerry I know you are in heaven and that all your pain is gone. It is hard to think of that night, but each April I try to make it out to the grave to pay my respects.

Rest in Peace Jerry

Charlotte Hess/Retired Dispatcher
Palm Bay Police Dept

April 13, 2004

You will not be forgotten.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004

I was just a child when this incident happened that fateful April afternoon, and since then I have come to where the same badge myself. Past, present, and future officers will continue to honor these true heroes who made the ultimate sacrafice for us.

Rest In Peace Gentleman

A fellow Officer


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