Ark. officer dies from West Nile Virus

A Hope police officer battled the disease for 18 days

By PoliceOne Staff

HOPE, Ark. — A Hope police officer has died from the West Nile Virus after battling the disease for 18 days.

Sgt. David "D.J." Johnson died Saturday at St. Michael's Hospital surrounded by family, friends and members of the police department. KSLA said he was diagnosed with West Nile Virus toward the end of August. 

"This has been tremendously hard on the family as well as our department, especially those on the night shift that worked so closely with David," Chief JR Wilson said in a news release

In 2010, Johnson received a kidney from Sgt. Daniel Oller, a fellow Hope police officer. The operation allowed him to survive kidney failure.

"David was a giant of a man that touched the lives of so many people," Wilson said. "He was a true public servant who cared for the City of Hope, Arkansas and its entire people."

A funeral service is set for September 22 at First Baptist Church.

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