SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 3, 2015 – On November 3rd, Telmate representatives and the San Jose Police Department gathered in memory of local slain Police Officer Michael Johnson. As part of the company’s program called “Telmate Fallen Heroes,” Telmate donated an undisclosed amount to the San Jose Police Officer’s Association Charitable Foundation (SJPOA) to support the fallen officer’s family.
Officer Johnson was fatally shot on March 24 while responding to a 911 call involving a suicidal man with a gun at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Senter Road. “Mike,” as he was better known, was thirty-eight-years-old and the department’s first line-of duty death in 14 years. Responding officers were met with gunfire and veteran officer Johnson was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Johnson had faithfully served with the San Jose Police Department since 2001, the same year he joined the San Jose police academy. He was considered an officer’s officer, who constantly gave back to his community every chance he could and was a tirelessly devoted family man. He also had a lifelong love of martial arts, was a black belt in judo and taught adults and children at the Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy in South San Jose.
The Telmate Fallen Heroes program is part of the company’s community outreach program called Telmate Cares. Every month, nominees are presented to a committee and one individual or organization is selected for the scholarship to support fallen officers or families of law enforcement officers in need.
For more information about Telmate’s Fallen Heroes Program visit telmate.com/fallen-heroes.