Fire Chief Eddie Johnson, Jr. LODD

Alton Fire Chief Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, who is also a police officer, was killed in a car crash while responding to a house fire on Monday, October 20th. Chief with the Alton Fire Department, was on his way to the fire when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach and rolled his police cruiser several times. He was ejected from the vehicle. An ambulance took Chief Johnson to the hospital, but he did not survive. The fire that he was responding to destroyed the home. Chief Johnson was a full-time police officer, volunteer fire chief and also a reserve sheriff's deputy, according to the report. He had been fire chief since 2010 and worked with the Alton Police Department for nine years. He leaves behind a wife and three children. The crash remains under investigation. Chief Johnson will be laid to rest on Friday 10/24/2014 at 2:00 P.M. with a ceremony and honor benefitting a fallen firefighter. We encourage any and all emergency service departments wishing to send personnel or equipment should contact the following individuals: Pipes, Drums, & Honor Guard: Paul Nordin 417-335-3332 Departmental Apparatus: Dave Masterson 417-505-0248