WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office honored in our nation’s capital Tuesday, his name never to be forgotten.
Corporal Robert Johnson— who died while on duty after decades of service – leaves behind a legacy.
Our Washington Bureau’s Alana Austin reports from National Police Week.
Family, friends and fellow police are remembering fallen hero Corporal Robert Johnson as devoted to public service, and his community.
At this National Peace Officers ceremony – attended by thousands on the Capitol lawn – loved ones place flowers in memory of the 129 officers who died in the line of duty in 20-17.
"It's been a rollercoaster of emotions from happy to sad to anger sometimes even anger," said Chief Deputy Bobby Cameron.
Johnson's loved ones, colleagues and friends traveled from Louisiana to Washington to honor his life. They say even though he's gone, his memory lives on.
"This solemn thing that we're doing here for today...it's tear-jerking," said Cameron.
Cameron says that's especially for Johnson's girls, as he left behind his wife Tanya and three daughters. Johnson's widow says they're deeply grateful for the outpouring of love from the community and she's honored to meet other families at this week's services.
"I just appreciate everyone's support that's backed us and helped us through. And I'm thankful for my three girls," said Tanya.
His final act of serving - dying of a heart attack while responding to a violent domestic dispute - won’t just be remembered by his family and the community.
Now his name is etched in to the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, for all to see.