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Hero Down: Dyer County Lt. Calvin Johnson Dies From Knee Surgery Complications

Dyer County, TN – Dyer County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Lieutenant Calvin Johnson died unexpectedly on Nov. 2 due to complications from a reconstructive knee surgery, according to his department.

DCSO said the 67-year-old lieutenant’s death was “a total unexpected loss,” WHBQ reported.

“With our deepest sympathy, we are very sorry to announce the death and passing of Lt. Calvin Johnson,” the department said in a Facebook post on Nov. 3. “Lt. Johnson was an Investigator and employee of the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office for the [past] 36 years and will be deeply missed.”

“Please keep his family and friends in your prayers,” the department added.

Lt. Johnson served as a jailer, dispatcher, deputy, and communication director during his years of service, according to his obituary.

He also previously worked for the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Lt. Johnson was assigned to the DCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division at the time of his death.

“This is a shock for Dyer County family and friends,” a friend wrote in a memorial tribute. “Calvin will be missed by so many people he acted so laid back always a smile on his face. Never raised his voice.”

“He was a wonderful man inside and out. A friend like no other,” another post read. “He has helped my family and my husband’s family through many things. He always had a smile on his face and soft spoken. The community has lost an Angel.”

Lt. Johnson leaves behind his daughter, Melissa, as well as his four grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, in-laws, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lt. Johnson will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dyer County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Calvin Johnson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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