Tulsans Show Support As Fallen Officer Continues Public Service Through Organ Donation

Wednesday, July 1st 2020, 4:58 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter

Tulsans continue to show their love and support for fallen Tulsa Police Officer, Sergeant Craig Johnson.

Sgt. Johnson and another officer were shot this week during a traffic stop. Sgt. Johnson passed away on Tuesday and dozens of officers escorted his body from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office on Wednesday.

Sgt. Johnson's public service didn't end with his death. With the donation of his organs, he saved four lives.

People who know Sgt. Johnson said that's exactly the kind of person he was. 

“Craig was a selfless person. Nobody disliked him. Quietly did his work. He was kind to everyone he came into contact with,” said Jerad Lindsey, the Chairman of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police.

Lindsey said everyone who knew Sgt. Johnson, called him a friend and described him as humble.

"We talked about it openly within the department that many people didn't know Craig because Craig never got into trouble, he was not a look-at-me person, nobody disliked him. He just did his work, kept his head down, and didn't care who got the credit,” says Lindsey.

Lindsey said he's known Craig for years. He said they've been on the department the same amount of time, but they have a friendship that goes beyond wearing the blue.

"Just a great guy. Just absolutely a great guy,” said Lindsey.

Tulsa's FOP said a lot of people are wanting to help but Lindsey said to beware of fake GoFundMe pages.

He said the best way for the money to get directly to the family, is to donate to the police Benevolent fund within the Tulsa Community Foundation or write a check to the family, give it to FOP, and they will pass it along.

"Craig has a family of almost 900 people. They are mourning like Craig is a member of their family. He was a good guy,” said Lindsey.

Lindsey said the brotherhood and sisterhood in law enforcement forms a bond that is deep and long-lasting.

"We are a family, we are coming together, we are going to mourn for our lost brother. we are going to find a way to move forward. Even in the midst of all of this, our officers are still protecting the citizens” says Lindsey.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan is still in the hospital fighting for his life. Police said he is making small improvements but they ask people to keep praying.