FOP’s “Officer of the Year”
Sgt. Derek Johnson was shot and killed in the Line of Duty on September 1, 2013. Derek was a board member of Draper FOP Lodge #18. After his death, his father described him as a “hardcore FOP guy” and how he loved the profession.
The FOP’s “Derek R. Johnson Award” will be presented as the FOP’s Officer of the Year, when warranted. This award will go to the FOP member in the state that exemplifies the characteristics of what Derek brought to the profession and to the FOP.
Award recipients will be honored at the FOP’s annual Hero Awards Ceremonies as part of the month lead up to Police Week in May of each year. This year's awards were presented at the 2019 Black & Blue Gala, held on March 9, 2019. The DRJ Award was presented by Shante Johnson, Derek's widow.
Recipients of the Derek R. Johnson Award:
2014 - Derek R. Johnson - Draper Lodge #18
2015 - Ian Adams - West Jordan Lodge #8
2016 - Isaac Pace - SL County Lodge #2
2017 - Rebecca Stone - Lodge #32
2018 - Kevin Salmon - Cottonwood Heights Lodge #24
Jim C. Crowley FOP Lodge of the Year:
2015 - Weber Lodge #1 - Danny Driggs
2016 - Dixie Lodge #35 - John Manzer
2017 - Lodge #8 - Brandon Turner
2018 - West Valley Lodge #4
FOP Chief of the Year:
2015 -Greg Butler - Davis Lodge - Woods Cross PD - #6
2016 - Wayne Hansen - Farmington PD - Davis Lodge #6
2017 - Paul Child - Lodge #6
2018 - Chief Jack Carruth - South Salt Lake Lodge #15
FOP Sheriff of the Year:
2016 - Justin Martinez - Summit County - Summit Lodge #20
2017 - Jim Tracy - Lodge #31
2018 - None nominated