In Memoriam Deputy Sheriff Jason Garner and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson
Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in California sadly reports the death of Deputy Jason Garner and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson.
Deputy Garner, 41, and Community Service Officer Johnson, 42, were on patrol and responded to a burglary alarm that was not an in progress call.
While they were heading to the scene, for reasons that are not clear at this time, the SUV patrol unit left the roadway, struck a parked vehicle, a building, and came to rest in a scrap metal container of a vehicle recycling business. The patrol vehicle then burst into flames.
When first responders arrived on scene, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. Numerous attempts to pull both victims from the vehicle were unsuccessful. The only way fire department personnel could reach the vehicle was by ladder. Unfortunately, both people died at the scene as they were trapped in the vehicle.
Johnson was recently appointed to be the supervisor of the Community Service Program within the Department and was assigned to temporary road patrol for leadership purposes.
Jason Garner served the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for nine and one half years. His wife and four children ranging in ages from two to fifteen years survive him.
Raschel Johnson served the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for fifteen years and five months. She is survived by both of her parents and three children, ranging from nine years to thirteen years.
Deputy Jason Garner is gone, but never will be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson is gone, but never will be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 13, 2017.
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