FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Ark. Officer Dies From West Nile Virus

September 17, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Hope PD.
Photo courtesy of Hope PD.

A Hope (Ark.) Police sergeant died Saturday, after an 18-day battle with West Nile virus, the agency announced.

Sgt. David "D.J." Johnson, 51, was one of nearly 40 people in the state to succumb to West Nile virus within the past several months. It wasn't known whether Sgt. Johnson contracted the virus while on duty, an agency spokeswoman told POLICE Magazine.

"David was a giant of a man who touched the lives of so many people," Chief J.R. Wilson said in a statement. "David's legacy will live on in our department.  He was a special person, a tremendous sergeant and wonderful friend."

In 2010, Sgt. Johnson received a kidney from a fellow officer that helped him survive the kidney failure he had been suffering with since 2009, reports KSLA.

Sgt. Johnson served as a fully commissioned officer since 2000. He joined the department as a reserve in 1997. A memorial service is planned for Saturday at First Baptist Church.

By Paul Clinton

Related:

Four NYPD Officers Contract HIV On the Job

Tags: Medical Leave, Hope (Ark.) PD, Officer Health Care, Infectious Disease


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Jacki Billings @ 9/17/2012 6:51 PM

RIP Sgt. Johnson

Bob@Az. @ 9/17/2012 8:26 PM

RIP Sgt.Johnson, sad to lose an Officer to something you can't grasp and stop. Blues, Stay safe.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Slain Florida Officer was Father of Five
A Tarpon Springs, Fla., police officer was shot and killed early Sunday morning, and a...
2 NYPD Officers Shot Dead "Execution Style" in Their Patrol Car
According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an...
Video: Fired Phoenix Chief Speaks Out About Unions
Now-former Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia continued to be defiant following Thursday's...
Video: Iowa Officers Injured When Man Rams Squad Car
A Waterloo, Iowa, man rammed his SUV into a police car, injuring two officers during a...
Video: Philadelphia Officer Praised for Not Shooting AR-Wielding Man
"I immediately announced 'police, drop the weapon.' About the second time I yelled it, he...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine