Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Our community had a tragic accident last week that resulted in the death of a 24 year-veteran Tarboro police officer named Charles Johnson.

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On Tuesday morning Officer Johnson was off duty and driving his family's van when a Department of Transportation excavator truck crossed the yellow line and slammed into the roof of the van, immediately killing Officer Johnson.

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.
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But the biggest showing of respect and honor came on Friday afternoon during his funeral, which had to be held in the auditorium of our local community college to accommodate the amount of people wanting to pay their respects. The road from the college to the cemetery was shut down and citizens lined the streets waving flags as the funeral procession drove through and two fire trucks held a huge American flag that everyone drove under.


At the graveside service, the police officers did a "final call" for Charles over the radio saying:
“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.

3 comments:

  1. What an awful accident and loss. My thoughts are with his family and your community.

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  2. I'm always amazed at how communities come together in times of tragedy... especially those that involve Law Enforcement Officers... they truly do have a brotherhood... the thin blue line is alive and well.

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