Tulsa Says Goodbye To Sgt. Craig Johnson

Thursday, July 9th 2020, 9:21 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy

TULSA, Okla. -

On Thursday, Tulsa said goodbye to Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson. Traffic stopped across town, as people lined highways and streets for hours. 

It is impossible to see the hundreds and hundreds of men and women from agencies all over the country; to see the flashing red and blue lights, families lined up on sidewalks, badges covered in black bands and not witness for yourself just how much Sgt Craig Johnson was loved. 

"The heart of Tulsa is showing up," said Art Jiles, "Somebody like this officer deserves absolutely all of the respect that we can give." 

When you start talking to the people in these crowds, you start learning about the quiet kind of love Sgt. Johnson had for the people in his life.

"If you just knew what kind of person Craig was," said friend Bryan Briggs. 

"I hired him at KB Toys as an assistant manager- soon he became a manager himself," said Briggs, "He was 20."

People who drove days from other states just to say goodbye, one from "1,400 and 50 miles to be exact."

People who love Sgt Johnson said he was the kind of man who kept friendships, who didn't try to bring attention to himself, who worked hard, and loved to brag on his two sons.

"He would text or send me a message and always something about the boys in there," said Briggs. 

Some of the people who came to the funeral and lined the streets during the procession never met Sgt Johnson but said it was important to them that his family knew how much love the Tulsa community has for them.

"Please know in your heart that we love you, we appreciate what he has done for us, for the whole town of Tulsa, he is an example of a hero," said Jiles.