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Michael J. Johnson (inducted posthumously)

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Nikki Johnson, widow of Michael.

Michael began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 2001. He worked patrol, the Covert Response Unit, and was a Field Training Officer. He attended Gunderson High School and West Valley College. He was active in many organizations, participated in athletics, and was an outstanding police officer.


Michael grew up learning Judo and eventually mastered the art when he received his Black Belt. He shared his knowledge in the martial arts by teaching children the art of Judo. He affectionately described teaching the kids as being equivalent to “herding cats.” Michael was the Captain of his high school chess team, he scuba dived, and he hiked to many exotic locations.


Michael participated in the United States Police & Fire Championships from 2006 – 2014. He competed in many shooting events: Team, Service, Sniper, Action, 3-Gun Rifle, and Pistol. He also competed in Submission Grappling. He won the following medals:

  • 2006 – Silver in Service Rifle (Marksman)

  • 2007 – Gold in Service Rifle (Marksman)

  • 2008 – Silver in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)

  • 2008 – Silver in Team (Sharpshooter/Marksman “B” Division)

  • 2010 – Gold in Team Large Bore Rifle (Highmaster/Master/Expert “B” Division)

  • 2010 – Bronze in Service Rifle (Marksman)

  • 2010 – Bronze in Submission Grappling (Open – 179.9 and Under)

  • 2011 – Silver in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)

  • 2013 – Bronze in Service Rifle

  • 2014 – Bronze in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)


Michael supported PAAF as well as other organizations. He believed in giving back to his
community, animals, his fellow officers, and of course his family.


For his outstanding athletic achievements and his commitment to teaching children, Officer Michael Johnson is inducted posthumously into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hallof Fame.

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