It was a horrible, horrible accident but while it has caused a lot of pain and suffering, it has also really brought the town together.
The police station shut down so the officers could mourn the loss of their brother and the Edgecombe County Sheriff's department stepped up to help out.
Charles' police car was parked in our town square where officers and citizens alike placed flowers on the hood in memorial and a fund was set up at a local bank to help his wife and two children and to aid in the funeral costs.
“Central to all units. Standby for last call for forty-one. Patrolman Charles Johnson of the Tarboro Police Department ended his watch April 15, 2014. Forty-one is ten-forty-two. Rest in peace brother. We'll take it from here.” And according to my husband, who was at the funeral, there wasn't a dry eye among a single one of those tough police officers or any other person there.
Please continue to pray for the Johnson's and their family and also pray for Allen, the driver of the excavator and his family as well.