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Between speakers the arena went completely silent, the loudest sounds coming from the hissing air conditioner and the cooing of an infant high in the stands.
Midway through the service, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith described a training exercise in which Johnson — who was then a member of the police dog unit — was demonstrating how attack dogs worked to take down a suspect. Dressed in padded clothing, Johnson allowed a dog to maul and attack him, but when it was over seemed to be enjoying himself.
"You could just look at him and tell he was saying, ‘Man that was fun,’ " Smith said. "There was no fear in him."
Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts described Johnson as a tireless worker.
"This guy that can squeeze 48 hours into a 24-hour period, he was go, go, go, go, go," Roberts said.
Other speakers Friday included Gov. Gary Herbert, who called Johnson an example worth emulating, and LDS Church Quorum of the Seventies Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, who noted that Johnson would go into any home, rich or poor, and act "with dignity and with sweetness."
After the service, the thousands of officers in attendance streamed out to the parking lot and formed two long columns leading to a hearse. Then the bag pipers and color guard emerged, again followed by the coffin and Johnson’s widow, Shante´. The officers lining the street saluted. Shante´ glanced down, squinting in the sunlight and supported by Evans.
Darin Johnson, the fallen officer’s brother, led the pall bearers. After the coffin was loaded into the hearse, dozens of police motorcycles roared to life, leading a motorcade procession of hundreds of police cars and firetrucks to the south end of the valley through the city of Draper before arriving at the burial site in Sandy.
Supporters lined the roads, and flags whipped in the breeze.
"It was heart-rending to pull into Draper and have all those people standing on the sides," Randy Johnson said.
At the cemetery, Evans escorted Shante´ and her son, who was wearing his father’s badge around his neck.
Officers conducted a flag folding and presentation ceremony for Johnson’s wife, son, mother and mother-in-law. A gun salute and the playing of Taps were followed by the traditional bagpipe performance of "Amazing Grace."
Then a dispatch radio sounded over a speaker, with a dispatcher repeating Johnson’s name — his "final watch call."
Officers, family and friends wept openly as the dispatcher continued: "We thank you for your dedication, loyalty and service. You made the people you served your family."
Walker and Vaillancourt remained hospitalized Friday. Police questioned Vaillancourt on Thursday but have not released details about the conversation. No arrests have been made in the case.
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