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Officer Howard Louis Johnson

Roseville Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, August 16, 1972

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Reflections for Officer Howard Louis Johnson

Rest in peace Officer Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 4, 2023

From 1955-1973 when I left Ramsey County, Minnesota, we often visited Roseville while going to the Rose Theater, Countryside Restaurant and Har Mar Mall. I moved to Colorado and began my Law Enforcement career in 1974, and always when traveling back home traveled up Snelling. While I don’t recall this incident, I wanted to honor his sacrifice and service 50 years ago. May youcontinue to live in the house of our Lord.

William Bell Jr, Lieutenant (retired)
Aurora Colorado Police Department

August 17, 2022

Officer Johnson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 16, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 16, 2020

Bruce and I were hired at Roseville PD at the same time.

I eventually moved on and retired from the Minneapolis PD.

I’ll never forget Bruce’s funeral. So sad..

Lt. Jim Wilson
Minneapolis PD Retired

December 13, 2018

Sad that it took 45 years but glad to know the state of Minnesota will offer Police Officer Memorial license plates soon.

Brian Sweeney
Grandson of Officer Johnson

May 15, 2017

Your service, dedication and sacrifice wil never be forgoten

Roseville native
Grandson of Roseville Police Officer

June 1, 2015

I think of you all the time. I still look at the pictures of you and I when I was an infant.

I love you

Brian Sweeney

August 1, 2014

The killer received life but he is out and about;
he escaped from prison, was recaptured and later released from prison. Yes, released from prison.

Patrolman William Lundquist
Minneapolis PD retired

May 10, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. .

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 23, 2013

"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

November 29, 2007

Blue lights shine for you in Roseville this Christmas. Thank you, Officer Johnson.

Grateful Citizen of Roseville

December 22, 2006

As a citizen of Roseville thank you for your sacrifice, you will never be forgotten

December 8, 2006

Rest in peace my brother in blue. I never met you, but will keep you and your family in my prayers.


May 14, 2005

No downed Officer should be left without a reflection. Your service and dedication is greatly appreciated. God rest your soul.

January 23, 2005

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