TULSA, Okla. — A place has been reserved for Sgt. Craig Johnson at the Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial.
A mourning band has been placed around Johnson’s monument for now while the plaque is being ordered.
The memorial is located at the police academy near 66th Street North and Yale, but the foundation is privately funded and owns the land where the memorial sits.
The memorial committee was formed back in September 1996 by a group of officers and retired officers who wanted to build a place to honor the Tulsa officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
This was shortly after the death of Officer Dick Hobson in June of that year.
Retired TPD Captain Karen Ford is on the committee now. She says Sgt. Johnson will be the first officer who they have had to add to the memorial since construction was started in 2004. It has not been completed yet.
For that reason, it’s uncharted territory for the committee, now comprised of about 10 retired officers, and she says it’s been emotional and hard.
She says they are in the planning stages right now and it may be the fall before Johnson’s monument is finished. She is not sure if there will be a public dedication or if it will stay private.
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