TOP PHOTO: Johnny Jones (left) and Johnny Green (right) step out of their unit to pay their respects.
By Charlie Hutson
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This is a story about a couple of silent servants. No one hears a lot about these guys who sometimes work seven days a week. Somedays their service is needed two or three times.
Meet Johnny Jones and Johnny Green, the two officers who provide an escort for hundreds of funeral processions a year in Campbell County. Their job is to get the family and friends to the burial site safely, without incidents or disruptions.
Both officers noted respectful the public is when the motorcade approaches. Most will pull over and stop. Many others, who are outside or working along the roadway, stop what they are doing with many of them removing their caps or hard hats.
So, anytime you see the patrol unit pull ahead of the funeral procession into a busy intersection and tap its siren, do your part and respect that motorcade’s journey. At the end of the escort, both officers will get out of their unit to also pay their respects.
Jones began his law enforcement career in 1976 for the Jacksboro Police Department. Over the years, Jones has also worked for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. He served as the Chief of Police for Caryville from 2010 through 2013; his last position. Now, Jones serves as the 3rd District Constable.
Green started with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 after finishing a 30+ year career with Aramark.
Both spoke about how much they enjoy helping people. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/02/2021-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)