Charlestown City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.The department put out a Facebook post Wednesday saying Detective Sergeant TeJuan “T.J.” Johnson passed away due to complications from COVID-19.They said Johnson had been with the department for 13 years.He served as a field training officer, police bike patrol, narcotics detective and shift commander.”Please keep his family and his brothers and sisters at the Charlestown Police Department in his thoughts and prayers,” the post reads.Hundreds of people have left comments on the post offering their condolences. The police department held a procession for Johnson Wednesday afternoon.Mourners lined the route as Johnson made his final trip home to Charlestown. Andrea Stuthers was among them.”He would be willing to help anyone in the community with anything. He’d take the shirt off his back for anybody,” Stuthers said.Charlestown Police Chief said Johnson was known as a prankster who left a lasting mark on all he met.”Everybody’s got a T.J. story, but that’s just the kind of guy he was. Very likeable and he will be sorely missed,” Wolff said.According to Wolf, it still isn’t clear where Johnson contracted the virus, but because of the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act passed in July his death is considered to be in the line of duty.”Sgt. Johnson is a hero just like all of the officers that are out there trying to protect us every day and we still have to go and do our jobs even though this nasty virus is out there,” Wolff said.Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges remembered Johnson as an active and engaged member of the community.”T.J. wasn’t just our detective. T.J. was a permanent fixture around Charlestown,” Hodges said.Hodges says Johnson fought hard against the virus, but ultimately ended up on a ventilator.”T.J. had no underlying health conditions. He was fit. He was only 47 years old. No one could have predicted that this virus would have done what it did to him, but it did,” Hodges said.Hodges is calling on the entire community to show Johnson and all first-responders the ultimate respect by taking the virus seriously.”I think we owe them that debt of gratitude in being extra cautious ourselves so that they can be as protected as possible,” Hodges said.Funeral arrangements are still pending, but the city honored Johnson Wednesday evening by changing the city’s animated Christmas lights display to all blue, illuminating Johnson’s badge number 562.Hodges says it will stay that way until Johnson is laid to rest.

Charlestown City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

The department put out a Facebook post Wednesday saying Detective Sergeant TeJuan “T.J.” Johnson passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

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They said Johnson had been with the department for 13 years.

He served as a field training officer, police bike patrol, narcotics detective and shift commander.

“Please keep his family and his brothers and sisters at the Charlestown Police Department in his thoughts and prayers,” the post reads.

Hundreds of people have left comments on the post offering their condolences.

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The police department held a procession for Johnson Wednesday afternoon.

Mourners lined the route as Johnson made his final trip home to Charlestown.

Andrea Stuthers was among them.

“He would be willing to help anyone in the community with anything. He’d take the shirt off his back for anybody,” Stuthers said.

Charlestown Police Chief said Johnson was known as a prankster who left a lasting mark on all he met.

“Everybody’s got a T.J. story, but that’s just the kind of guy he was. Very likeable and he will be sorely missed,” Wolff said.

According to Wolf, it still isn’t clear where Johnson contracted the virus, but because of the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act passed in July his death is considered to be in the line of duty.

“Sgt. Johnson is a hero just like all of the officers that are out there trying to protect us every day and we still have to go and do our jobs even though this nasty virus is out there,” Wolff said.

Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges remembered Johnson as an active and engaged member of the community.

“T.J. wasn’t just our detective. T.J. was a permanent fixture around Charlestown,” Hodges said.

Hodges says Johnson fought hard against the virus, but ultimately ended up on a ventilator.

“T.J. had no underlying health conditions. He was fit. He was only 47 years old. No one could have predicted that this virus would have done what it did to him, but it did,” Hodges said.

Hodges is calling on the entire community to show Johnson and all first-responders the ultimate respect by taking the virus seriously.

“I think we owe them that debt of gratitude in being extra cautious ourselves so that they can be as protected as possible,” Hodges said.

Funeral arrangements are still pending, but the city honored Johnson Wednesday evening by changing the city’s animated Christmas lights display to all blue, illuminating Johnson’s badge number 562.

Hodges says it will stay that way until Johnson is laid to rest.

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