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. Last 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.
The 2019 awards were scheduled to be presented at the annual Black and Blue Gala on March 30, 2020. However, due to COVID-19, the Gala had to be cancelled and the awards were presented individually.
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
2019 - BJ Shelby - DPS Lodge #32
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
2019 - Dixie Lodge #35
FOP Chief of the Year:
2015 - Chief Greg Butler - Davis Lodge - Woods Cross PD - #6
2016 - Chief Wayne Hansen - Farmington PD - Davis Lodge #6
2017 - Chief Paul Child - Lodge #6
2018 - Chief Jack Carruth - South Salt Lake Lodge #15
2019 - Chief Rich Ferguson - Provo Lodge #23
FOP Sheriff of the Year:
2016 - Sheriff Justin Martinez - Summit County - Summit Lodge #20
2017 - Sheriff Jim Tracy - Lodge #31
2018 - None nominated
2019 - Sheriff Erik Bailey - Uintah Lodge #48