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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Retired Homewood Officer Orlandera Johnson

Homewood Police Department

Retired Homewood Officer Orlandera Johnson

Retired lawman killed in auto crash had been popular Homewood officer
By Carol Robinson -- The Birmingham News
January 05, 2010, 1:40PM

Homewood police are mourning the loss of a veteran officer killed this morning in a traffic accident in Bessemer.

Retired Officer Orlandera Johnson, 64, was traveling southbound on Interstate 20/59 just before 8 a.m. when a car crossed the median and struck him, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

Johnson was pronounced dead on the scene.

There were three cars involved in the crash, authorities said. A woman and a child in the car that struck Johnson both were injured and taken to area hospitals. The motorist in a third vehicle wasn't injured.

Johnson worked for the Homewood Police Department from 1979 to 2008, when he retired after 29 years of service.

Before he joined the Homewood force, Johnson worked for the Roosevelt City Police Department. said Homewood police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Didcoct.

"O.J., as he was know by everyone, was very popular and probably the most well-known Homewood officer," Didcoct said. "People were always asking, 'How is O.J.' or 'I have known O.J. for years, tell him I said hello.' Everyone loved O.J. and he will be missed."

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God rest his soul and comfort his family. He will be missed.

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At 1/05/2010 07:18:00 PM , Anonymous Aulundria said...

RIP OJ. I can remember playing basketball "tournaments" in your backyard for a chance to win a six pack of Pepsi Cola. You gave us prizes whether we won/lost a game. As children growing up we looked to you as our hero. It is truly an understatement when I say that you will be missed. The Shelley family has your family in our prayers. To Rashad, keep your head up and find comfort through prayer and your trust in the Lord.

Deepest Sympathy,

Aulundria Grace

At 1/06/2010 06:03:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful person we have lost! Words can not explain the depths of what OJ meant to so many people. OJ was a positive role model and a HERO! We love him & will miss him. R.I.P. my brother!

At 1/06/2010 09:58:00 PM , Anonymous debbie.flippo@gmail.com said...

Wow, I am the Mother-in-law of the woman that crossed the median and hit Mr. Johnson. We as a family are so incredibly sorry, and sickened by this horrible accident. We are sorry for the loss of such a fine man, and pray for the families. Please pass this message on to the family, and let them know that if there was some way we could go back to yesterday morning, we would. May God Bless you.

At 1/08/2010 07:53:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1/10/2010 11:19:00 AM , Anonymous hope said...

On behalf of the entire Homewood business family, I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Mr.Orlandera family. At my business as well as surronding businesses Mr.OJ made an huge impact on our day to day life. Maybe it was a joke, a smile, or as i will remember singing me a song at my drive-thru window. Mr. OJ's memory will be forever cherished.


At 1/10/2010 08:48:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayer & sympathy to the family.

At 1/25/2010 10:33:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is still very hard for my nephew (Jakesi) & our Family it feels just like yesterday when we receive the bad news... It is like a very bad dream that you want to wake up from. We miss O.J .SO VERY much. He will always be in our prayers and our hearts.

The Murphy Family

At 7/03/2010 08:43:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

R I P OJ! u were a good officer!


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