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Danbury says goodbye to ‘an officer and a gentleman’

May 13, 2019

DANBURY - Family, friends and fellow police officers remembered retired Capt. George Johnson as a service-minded man whose life everyone can learn from, during a funeral service on Monday.

Johnson, who died on May 3 from cancer, made history in 1971 when he became the Danbury Police Department’s first black command officer.

His legacy was remembered on Monday as a man who helped bring the city together during the upheaval of the post-Civil Rights era.

“We need more Captain Johnsons in our society,” said the Rev. Leroy Parker, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, during the eulogy. “He didn’t use his power to get above his community, he used his power to serve his community.”

Johnson, who died at 79, was given full honors, including a police motorcycle escort to Wooster Cemetery, a 21-gun salute, and a flag folding ceremony.