A recently retired Townsend, Mass., police sergeant and his wife were killed Thursday night when a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on Route 101 in Epping, N.H., and investigators believe “impairment was a factor,” according to New Hampshire State Police.
Townsend Police Chief Richard B. Bailey confirmed that Sergeant John Johnson, who retired last summer, and his wife, Heidi, were victims of the deadly crash.
“It is with great sadness that I am sharing news of the tragic death of Sgt. John Johnson and his wife in a car crash,” Bailey said in a statement posted to the department’s official Facebook page. “Sgt. Johnson has served the Townsend community since 1978. Please take time to remember this fine officer and his family. We will share additional details on the funeral arrangements as they become available.”
Bailey said Johnson had retired in July. According to a statement from the Townsend Board of Selectmen, Johnson was on the force for 39 years and he continued to serve the community as “a reserve officer and as a tireless community volunteer.”
SOURCE: Emily Sweeney, Travis Andersen and Danny McDonald
The Boston Globe