HOPE, Ark. (KTHV) - A police officer in Hope has lost his battle with the West Nile virus.
In a press release from the Hope Police Dept., they say Sergeant David "D.J." Johnson died Saturday afternoon after an 18-day battle with West Nile virus.
The department says, "Our hearts break for his family and friends. This has been tremendously hard on the family as well as our department, especially those on the night shift that works do closely with David. Representatives of the department were with David's family in the last hours as we all huddled around in support and celebration of David's wonderful and service filled life."
Chief JR Wilson stated, "David was a giant of a man that touched the lives of so many people. He was a true public servant who cared for the City of Hope, Arkansas and its entire people. David's legacy will live on in our department. He was a special person, a tremendous Sergeant and wonderful friend."
The departments says there will be a "celebration commemorating the life of David Johnson" this Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.