On Friday, November 29, Sergeant James (Jimmy) Johnson was honored with his final walk-out from the Town of Crawford Police Department.
Despite being held the day after Thanksgiving, a popular time for travel and getaway, Johnson’s ceremony was well attended and included caring friends, family and community members. Retired New York State Police as well as other law enforcement agencies joined colleagues from his own department in front of the Crawford Town Hall building for a celebratory send off. Two lines formed and participants offered Johnson one last salute as he walked to the end.
The salute broke into applause and acting in the moment, Johnson turned and shook hands with or hugged everyone who wished him well before turning to be addressed one last time in an official capacity by Chief Dominick Blasko.
“Sergeant Johnson certainly accomplished a lot of great things in his 21 year career,” Blasko said. “He was instrumental in working with our youth; he was a School Resource Officer (SRO), Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program officer, and was key in establishing the Law Academy in our high school as well as being involved in the academy once it began. He has done so much for our entire community and we are very grateful to him and for his years of service. We wish him all the best in retirement.”
With a warm smile and light in his eyes, Sgt. Johnson said, “Of course I have mixed feelings right now. I loved my job, but I am looking forward to whatever comes next. I am going to take six months off and see what happens. Maybe I will get another job, or maybe I will just be grandpa. I am not making any decisions right now.”
A retirement party was held this past weekend which allowed attendees more time to wish Sgt. Johnson well as he begins his next chapter.