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Sergeant Craig Johnson's name engraved, added to memorial

Posted at 4:50 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 15:31:46-04

TULSA, Okla. — A memorial outside of the Tulsa Police Academy is growing as Sergeant Craig Johnson's name is added to a list of other fallen officers.

There are 39 officers names engraved in different stones across the memorial.

It all began in 1917, and the last name was added in 1996.

Sgt. Johnson's place is marked with a black band, until the plaque comes in.

Last week, Sgt. Craig Johnson assisted officer Aurash Zarkeshan in a traffic stop that ended with both officers in the hospital, in critical condition. Johnson passed away the next day.

Now, the city mourns, and has shown their support to the Tulsa Police Department after what happened.

The man who will engrave Johnson's name is Patrick Biscoe. Biscoe says he gets goose bumps every time he's there, but it's an honor for him to be the man that does the job.

“It was an honor to do it," Biscoe said. "It really wasn’t about the money, I didn’t make a ton of money on this job. But it’s an honor to be here and to do this and I hope his family will be able to come out here every May and have a candle light vigil.”

Biscoe says each engraving is unique, different than the others, and he hoped he would never have to come back to add another.

Sgt. Johnson is the 40th officer honored by the memorial, Biscoe says hopefully it can be something special for his family and friends.

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