Funeral set for Hope officer stricken with West Nile
HOPE, AR (KSLA) - Funeral arrangements have been set for a Hope police officer who died from complications of the West Nile Virus over the weekend.
Sgt. David "D.J." Johnson of the Hope, Arkansas Police Department had been hospitalized in intensive care for more than two weeks.
He was diagnosed after he began to feel sick while appearing in court on August 28. The next morning, he was taken to CHRISTUS St. Michael's Hospital with 104-degree fever.
Sgt. Johnson had been in the news before, in 2010, when he received a kidney from fellow officer Sgt. Daniel Oller. The operation helped him survive the kidney failure he'd been suffering since 2009.
Sgt. Johnson died Saturday afternoon. He would have turned 52 this month.
The Hope Police Department on Monday released the following statement:
We regret to inform the public that Sergeant David "D.J." Johnson passed away Saturday afternoon after an 18-day battle with the West Nile Virus. Our hearts break for his family and friends. This has been tremendously hard on the family as well as our department, especially those on the night shift that worked so closely with David. Representatives of the department were with David's family in the last hours as we all huddled around in support and celebration of David's wonderful and service filled life.
Chief JR Wilson stated, "David was a giant of a man that touched the lives of so many people. He was a true public servant who cared for the City of Hope, Arkansas and its entire people. David's legacy will live on in our department. He was a special person, a tremendous Sergeant and wonderful friend."
A celebration commemorating his life is scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hope.
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