Final goodbye said to rookie Albany cop killed in off-duty crash

July 10, 2018 01:04 PM

ALBANY – Just seven months into the year, the fifth law enforcement linked funeral was held and the person laid to rest was by far the youngest.

Dean Johnson, 25, died on July 4 in an off-duty motorcycle crash on a winding road in the town of Knox in the Helderbergs. He had saved his money from work as both an officer and a former NYS Senate aide for a new bike. He had been riding with more experienced riders but lost control of his bike while taking a turn and was hit by a car coming in the opposite direction, authorities said.

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"People loved him, he had an infectious smile. Honest to the day is long and the world lost a great person in this young man," said State Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville). "The only saving grace was he got to have his dream for a while and that was to be a police officer, law enforcement official."

Johnson had joined the department in October 2017 and graduated from the Albany Police Academy in May. He had earned distinction including Excellence in Academics, Excellence in Firearms and was a leader in his class.

Born in Georgia, Johnson will be buried in Rockland County. His funeral was held at St. Mary's Church on Lodge St. in Albany where two other veteran officers were memorialized – Det. Kevin Meehan in February and Det. Jason Martin in May – along with former department chaplain and Asst. Chief Rev. Jim Lefebvre in May and former Albany County Sheriff Jim Campbell in March.

"He was going to do great things for this city and this police department and we're cheated out of having that," said Acting Chief Robert Sears. "It's very sad, very sad."


John Craig

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