Walczyk, Ritchie Bill to Honor Fallen Local Police Chief Becomes Law

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk and State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Friday that legislation they sponsor (A.8523/S.7497) honoring fallen Village of Dexter Police Chief Samuel A. Johnson, Sr. has been signed into law by Governor Hochul. Chief Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 11, 1987.

The law states that the section of State Highway 180 crossing the Black River from the Village of Dexter in the town of Brownville and into the Town of Hounsfield (within Jefferson County) will be renamed in Chief Johnson’s honor. The state Department of Transportation will install signage to designate the highway and bridge on the road as the “Chief Samuel A. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

“I am grateful the governor signed this bill into law so Chief Johnson’s memory and sacrifice can be remembered for generations to come,” said Assemblyman Walczyk. “His sacrifice should never be forgotten and now every time we cross the bridge over the Black River, we will remember the courage, sacrifice and hard work of men and women like Chief Johnson.”

“Chief Sam Johnson is an individual who put his life on the line to protect others,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “While bravely serving his community, he made the ultimate sacrifice. Renaming this bridge in his honor is one small way we can not only pay tribute to his heroism, but also, never forget the impact he made on his community.”