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Patrolman James H. Johnson

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1921

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Reflections for Patrolman James H. Johnson

Patrolman Johnson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nashville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 21, 2021

I find it to be no coincidence that im finding you on the 100th year anniversary of your death this week. I never knew who you were until now. I am the great grandson of your son John H Johnson. His daughter Glenda is my grandmother. I also discovered that you lived and served the same neighborhoods I grew up in in 12th South. Unbelievable! I played on your street and in front of your house and didn't know you use to live there. I'm glad to have found you and I appreciate your service in both the War and at home. It feels good to know that I had family who served and it gives me.sometging to be proud of. God bless you

Carl Crawford

February 26, 2021

I'm just learning about you this week. I never knew who you were. Your son John is my Great-Grandfather. It's cool to know you lived in and served the same neighborhoods I grew up in. I recognize you on the 100th anniversary of your death.

Carl Crawford

February 26, 2021

Metro/Nashville Police Officers Memorial Facebook Page.

Just before midnight on July 31, 1921, Nashville Police Officer James Johnson was assisting in a liquor raid on 7th Ave.

Johnson stopped a man running out the front door and placed him in front of the getaway car. While searching the car the suspect attempted to flee the scene; when Johnson grabbed him, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the officer in the chest, stomach, and side.

Officer George Barcroft heard the shots and ran from the house and fired at the gunman, but a female grabbed Barcroft’s arm, causing him to miss.

Johnson was rushed to the hospital in a paddy wagon, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect was arrested the next day, thanks to Officer Johnson, who identified him prior to being transported to the hospital.

Officer James Henry Johnson was 42-years-old. He served on the Nashville Police Department for 18 months.

“Lest We Forget”

Retired Sgt.
Metro/Nashville Police Dept.

August 17, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 21, 2020

Officer Johnson was my great-grandfather, and I am very proud of his service to Nashville. My grandmother was just a young girl when he was killed, but she remembered it well. Thank you for this forum to remember all fallen officers.

Brad Pemberton

April 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th 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 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 21, 2010

Thank You Officer Johnson for your service. 85 years have passed and we will always remember your selfless service. RIP

Pvt. James Leary
United States Park Police

December 27, 2006

Bless you brother, rest in peace.

Training Officer
Hennepin County S.

April 15, 2004

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