Thousands from Alaska and hundreds in the law enforcement community attended the memorial service for 45-year-old Sgt. Scott Johnson and 26 year-old Trooper Gabe Rich Saturday afternoon.
Speakers at the service included Johnson’s wife, Brandy, who shared stories about her husband alongside one of the couple’s three daughters.
He had empathy and compassion for others and disregard to personal gain. In his second life I think he would have been a Navy seal, a helicopter pilot, “ Johnson said. “He wanted to do it all. I was looking forward to growing older with him.
Johnson’s oldest daughter, Hayly, also shared a few words about her dad and the dreams she once had.
I thought about the father-daughter dance at my wedding and walking me down the aisle. I wish it was my reality, but my reality has changed. He was a beloved and honorable man. He told me to always respect the words on his car: loyalty, integrity and courage.
Angie Taylor, Rich’s fiancee, shared a poem by E.E. Cummings.
Anywhere I go you go my dear, whatever is done by only me you’re doing my darling,” Taylor read from the poem. “I fear no fate as you are my fate my sweet. I want no world for beautiful you are my world.
It is unknown at this time where Johnson and Rich will be laid to rest, but troopers say it will likely be in Fairbanks, where they are from.
DVD copies of the entire ceremony are available for purchase. Cost is $25, payable by check only. All proceeds go to the Alaska division of the Concerns of Police Survivors.
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