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Johnson Featured in Hometown Highlight

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Our featured Hometown Highlight for the month of October is Todd Johnson. Johnson, 48 of Hackett, has spent a lifetime serving others. Whether it be throughout his military, fire, or law enforcement career, he’s known for being a good Samaritan.

Originally from Watertown, New York, Johnson married his wife Renee in 1994. The couple have two children, Braden Johnson, who will graduate from college in December, and Ashley Johnson who is a junior at Hackett High School.

Johnson spent one tour in Iraq in 2005, and remained enlisted for five years. He also served in the Air Guard until 2009. Throughout his military career, Johnson served as a firefighter.

Subsequently, Johnson worked in several different areas of Sebastian County with the fire service. Those include Jenny Lind, Greenwood Rural and Hackett. Currently, he remains with the Hackett Fire Department, and serves as a training officer and first responder.

“I got into the fire service because my dad had a heart attack,” stated Johnson. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and he certainly has.

His life’s work has left a legacy for others. Students, who were once aspiring firefighters, have now gone on to achieve full time careers in the fire service.

That same desire to serve led him into the field of law enforcement. For the past four years, Johnson has served as a reserve officer for the City of Hackett. According to him, this was another way he could serve the community, and provide new challenges.

“I still believe in helping others when they need help,” Johnson added. “It’s more than the shirt. Somebody’s gotta give.”

Lastly, and most recently, Johnson and his wife have been dedicated pioneers at the Hackett recreation center, the Hornet’s nest. Renee Johnson felt the need to open the youth center after the community lost four to suicide. Renee’s friend, Kim Henry, was a mother to one of those young men. Together, with the support of their husbands, have worked tirelessly to fulfill that calling.

Johnson’s life work, and his desire to teach and mentor others demonstrates not only his desire to make a difference, but that he’s building a life legacy.

We are proud to feature Johnson as this month’s Hometown Highlight. If you know an ordinary citizen who is doing extraordinary things, please nominate them!

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