Chief J.R. Reed, East Ridge Police Department, 9/24/15
I’d like to commend one of your officers, William Johnson.
On Wednesday, September 23, I received a call from Officer Johnson at about 5:00 PM. He asked me about our Husky, Dakota. She had “escaped” from our deck, which has baby gates at the openings on both ends. (Note: baby gates won’t keep a Husky in!)
Officer Johnson had spotted “Kota” near the entrance to our subdivision in East Ridge, and he thought she didn’t look like a typical stray. He called to her and checked her tag, found her name and my contact information.
Officer Johnson not only called me, but when I explained that my wife was at work in Ooltewah, and I was occupied in downtown Chattanooga, he brought Kota home and put her in our back yard, closing the gate behind her! He was such an absolute gentleman on the phone, and probably kept our dog from being lost for an extended period (Huskies are known for their love of wandering – AND their terrible sense of direction!).
Police officers get a bad rap too often. We don’t want this act of kindness that went WAY beyond the call of duty to go unnoticed. Please pass along our gratitude to Officer William Johnson!
Regards, Dennis & Karen Massengale