January 31, 2013
A Marshall County Sheriff’s Department patrolling deputy was memorialized Tuesday after succumbing to a heart attack Friday.
The sheriff’s department formed a processional from the justice complex to the Bethlehem community where David Scott Johnson was honored by the law enforcement community and friends and family, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said Johnson, 41, had served eight years as deputy in Marshall County and served with the police department in Clarksdale, before coming to the county.
Maj. David Cook, who was Johnson’s supervisor at the sheriff’s department, provided details of an incident that took place the day Johnson died. It was an example of the deputy’s dedication to his job as a public servant.
Johnson was shopping at Wal-Mart near Germantown, Tenn., with his son Travis Hood, when he assisted a theft prevention officer in detaining a shoplifting suspect who had fled into the parking lot, Cook said.
Johnson stayed with the suspect until police arrived and he and his son were returning home to Red Banks when Johnson began having difficulty breathing.
His son took him to Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs where preliminary tests were being done, according to Cook. Johnson died at the hospital of an apparent heart attack, he said.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson praised Johnson for his work in law enforcement.
“Even off duty, he did what he was trained to do,” the sheriff said.
“The main thing is that Johnson was a great father and family man.
“His life was oriented toward his children and he knew his responsibilities as a father and handled them well.”
Johnson was a dedicated employee, loved his job and loved helping people, Dickerson said.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping with his children. Johnson had recently adopted a 3-year-old boy.
Johnson’s body was taken to Brownsville, Ky., for burial. A memorial service was held at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Steve Wilson and Bro. John Vasquez were in charge of the memorial service.
Johnson’s survivors include three sons, Travis Dean Hood, Tray Dilion Hood and Dalton Lane Johnson, all of Red Banks.
He leaves one brother, Steven L. Johnson of Brownsville, Ky.; four aunts, Gena Braley of Greenville, N.C., Linda Brenton of Goldsboro, N.C., Dixie Gaffney and Linda Johnson of Roundhill, Ky.; and one uncle, Gary Johnson of Roundhill, Ky.
Johnson was the son of the late Larry Elbert and Brenda Kinser Johnson.
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