Bibb County, GA – Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Sergeant Jeffrey “Scott” Johnson died on June 15 following a brave battle against cancer, according to his department.
“It is with a sad and heavy heart that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says goodbye to one of our own,” the BCSO said in a Facebook post on the day of the 44-year-old officer’s death. “Sgt. Scott Johnson has lost his courageous fight for life against cancer.”
Sgt. Johnson spent nearly two decades serving and protecting the citizens of Macon-Bibb County.
He was also a military veteran, having been deployed three times during his years with the U.S. Army and the Georgia National Guard, according to his obituary.
Sgt. Johnson worked in the BCSO’s Patrol and Traffic Units and specialized in the H.E.A.T. Unit, which focuses on aggressive and impaired drivers, the sheriff’s office said.
He was a member of the Strike Team, the Training Unit, the Criminal Investigations Division Gang Unit, and the S.W.A.T. team.
Sgt. Johnson made headlines in 2020 after donating his off-time and his own money to fix a vehicle for a woman who didn’t have the funds to get it repaired herself, WMAZ reported.
He was working security at an apartment complex when he noticed Victoria Dudley’s broken-down car.
Dudley had purchased the vehicle about a decade earlier after her husband passed away.
“She explained that it was a hardship to get fixed and the car had been there for a little over two years,” Sgt. Johnson told WMAZ at the time. “It hit me that someone should do something to get her vehicle running for her.”
He ended up having Dudley’s car towed to his home, where he ordered new parts, installed them, and paid for her new registration tabs.
“When I opened up the door and saw the car, I got to him and I had my arms out and just held him. I didn’t want to let him go,” Dudley told WMAZ. “When it comes to Sgt. Johnson, it’s an eternal feeling. It really blows my mind. Not only is he a sergeant, he’s a gentleman. He’s a God-fearing man.”
His work as a law enforcement officer provided him with many opportunities to build strong relationships with community members, resulting in lasting friendships like the one between him and Dudley.
“To be effective law enforcement, you have to roll down your windows and actually get out of your cars,” Sgt. Johnson told WMAZ. “You can’t be effective just by riding through communities and not saying hello.”
Sgt. Johnson leaves behind his wife, DeLacey, and his son, Jace, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many friends and extended family members.
“Please keep his loved ones and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts during this difficult time,” the BCSO said. “We are thankful for his lifetime of dedicated service to our country and community. Sgt. Johnson will be greatly missed.”
Sgt. Johnson was laid to rest on June 19.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Sergeant Jeffrey “Scott” Johnson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.