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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- A ceremony is held to honor an officer killed in the line of duty more than 20 years ago.
Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Gary Johnson was run off the road by a driver who crossed the center line. Johnson died after his vehicle hit a tree.
Signs reading “Gary A. Johnson Memorial Avenue” were planted on both ends of Miami Avenue, one near Amsterdam High School and one by the Walmart parking lot. Family members said it's a touching dedication.
Chris Johnson, the son of Gary said, “It's really exciting to see that he's still remembered as much as we remember him and a lot of our close friends and family members and his coworkers who he worked with are here. And they’re here to support us and support him, so it's nice to see."
Lori Johnson, Gary’s wife said, “This dedication amazing to us. Gary was very passionate about his career, what he loved doing, that he devoted his life to it and I’m just proud to see that people recognize him even all these years later for what he did what his true love was.”
The ceremony was organized by Johnson's former colleague and friend, Sheriff Michael Amato.