SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the deaths of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Garner and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson:
“Anne and I were deeply saddened to learn of the collision that resulted in the tragic deaths of Deputy Garner and Community Service Officer Johnson this morning. Both were dedicated public servants who devoted their careers to keeping the people of Stanislaus County safe. We extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends and coworkers.”
Deputy Garner, 41, and Community Service Officer Johnson, 42, died today in a solo-vehicle collision in Modesto while responding to a report of a residential burglary.
Deputy Garner served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 9 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and four children.
Community Service Officer Johnson was a 15-year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. She is survived by her parents, Ron and Sharon, and three children.
In honor of Deputy Garner and Community Service Officer Johnson, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.