Wednesday November 27, 2002
Bus Operator Leaves a Wife and Two Sons
Johnson, 35 years-old, was standing in the door of his bus Oct. 22, when he was gunned down by the snipers in Maryland.
MTA bus operators took the tragedy personal, especially Florence Henry, an MTA bus operator with over 20 years of seniority. “As a bus operator I felt the pain, it was very personal,” say Henry, who began a campaign to collect donation for the Johnson family.
“My concern was for Mr. Johnson, but at the same time for his family,” explained Henry, who immediately worked to established a memorial fund that will benefit his widow and sons this holiday season.
Johnson leaves a wife and two sons, ages 15 and 8. His employer, Ride on Transit, says he was friendly, dependable and dedicated bus operator who will be greatly missed by his coworkers.
A neighbor described Johnson as a fervent football fan, weightlifter and “real family man. He loved his boys. He was always taking care of them. Doing things for them.”
The campaign has consumed a lot of time for Henry, but she’s proud of the project. “I had received a lot of support and help from my boss Joe Brown, Assistant Transportation Manager, who was behind the project from the very beginning.”
Employees or the general public can make contributions to the fund at the Northrum Grumman Federal Credit Union office, located on the Plaza Level of the MTA Headquarters (One Gateway Plaza, 90012) in downtown Los Angeles.
Florence Henry is planning to present the money to the family before Christmas. She also is working to in bringing the family to Disneyland for a weekend.
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