Sgt. Johnny Johnson with the Ardmore Police Department is locking up his career after 30 years protecting the streets of Ardmore.
APD Chief Ken Grace presented a retired pistol, among other memorabilia, to Johnson for retiring in good standing after years with the force. The city of Ardmore also presented Johnson with a special knife engraved with his name in honor of his service.
Johnson’s retirement ceremony was attended by nearly 50 people as he reflected on his time in Ardmore. As for what patrolling with the boys in blue for over three decades has been like, his answer was brief.
“It’s been a long ride,” Johnson said.
Johnson worked in law enforcement in Lindsey for five years prior to joining APD.
He is part of a long lineage of officers, preceded by his father who worked as an assistant police chief and succeeded by his son who is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.
Johnson has seen Ardmore flourish from a town rampant with “violent crimes and high homicide rates” into a more pleasant place to live, he said.
“It’s gotten a lot tamer over the years,” Johnson said.
After Chief Grace shook Johnson’s hand and thanked him for his service while his brothers surrounded him, Johnson’s gratitude for his time with APD was made clear.
“I’m going to miss my second family,” Johnson said. “A lot.”