Lowell Police Officer PJ Johnson was laid to rest today in a moving ceremony witnessed by an estimated 2000 mourners.
Police Officers from around the state, Federal Agents, Deputy Sheriffs, Marines and cops from as far away as Cumberland County Maine, Connecticut State Police, and New Hampshire police met today to pay their respects to two families, the Johnsons and the law enforcement community.
It is always an impressive sight, from the line of motor cycles and cruisers, to the bagpipers and marching officers, but what impressed me most were the numerous civilians and other members of the community lining the route from the church to the cemetery. Tow truck drivers holding flags, civilians stuck in traffic standing outside their cars with their hands over their hearts, homeowners along the route outside with children paying respects.
It is unfortunate that life is so busy that often the only time we get together is when something tragic happens. But hopefully, it gives us all some comfort to see the outpouring of support from the law enforcement community when tragedy does strike.
Please click on the following link for a nice story about Officer Johnson through the eyes of his brother and sister officers.