Mourners say final goodbyes to Northville police officer

July 09, 2017 11:19 PM

GLOVERSVILLE -- The outpouring of support at Northville Police Officer Robert Johnson's funeral made it clear how many lives he touched.

“He carved a career where all who knew him loved him,” said Joseph Sise, New York State Supreme Court Judge for the 4th Judicial District.

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Law enforcement officers from several different agencies formed a wall of blue and grey outside of Gloversville Middle School in a show of respect for Officer Johnson Saturday afternoon.

Sise said Johnson always served with honor over the 30 years they knew one another.

“He's one of those police officers, he was a community officer, who gave everyone he dealt with great respect through his gift of humor, his gift of dedication to his fellow man,” Sise said.

The veteran police officer would serve one last time before his premature death.

Officer Johnson had just finished his shift late at night on the eve of Independence Day and was helping a driver who had hit a deer on Route 30, when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.

“Probably the worst day,” said Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino. “I've only been sheriff for two years but probably the worst day so far.”

“On his way home from work he saw someone in need and in helping someone was struck and killed and gave his life in the line of duty,” Sise said.

Johnson comes from a family of police officers.

He served for 20 years with the Gloversville Police Department, a brief time with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and a decade as a part-time Northville Village Officer.

Giardino also knew Johnson for years and married him and his wife three years ago when Giardino was a judge.

He said Johnson's death reflects the sense of duty that was such a huge part of his life.

“Thousands of times he probably crossed in traffic helping other officers or people and five minutes after he gets off duty,” Giardino said. “You know it makes it that much more tragic.”

“Bobby Johnson was a policeman's police officer,” Sise said.

Officer Johnson leaves behind his wife, a son and several stepchildren.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said no charges will be filed in the case and calls Johnson's death a tragic accident.


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