Memorial Fund Established for Clarksville Officer

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Funeral plans are set for a Clarksville officer who died after suffering a heart attack while pursuing a suspect on foot.

The service for Larry Johnson, director of the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Clarksville High School Fine Arts building in Clarksville. The burial will follow at Patterson Springs Cemetery in Oark.

On March 26, Johnson conducted a home visit to check in on a parolee. The man ran off, and Johnson collapsed while chasing him, according to the Clarksville Police Department. Police said they do not believe the suspect did anything to cause Johnson’s death, other than flee.

He was 65-years-old.

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Arkansas Division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association has set up a memorial fund for Johnson’s family.

Donations can be made to the “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund” at any Regions Bank. They can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation’s website at www.pbfi.org by designating that you would like your donation to go to the “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund.”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text message. You can help Johnson’s family by texting, “COPS JOHNSON” to 85944.

A $10 donation will be made to the “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund” through your cell phone bill.

“Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Director Johnson’s family during this difficult time,” said Arkansas PBA Division President Scott Hicks. “We are now calling on the community that he served to step up and help his family in this very difficult time. Director Johnson was a true hero.”

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force includes Johnson, Franklin and Pope countie