Walker Honors Eden’s Skip Johnson as Community Hero of the Month for Community Service and Three Decades at Police Department
EDEN, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Walter "Skip" Johnson of Eden as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for September 2018. The presentation was held at Eden City Hall with Eden Mayor Neville Hall, County Commissioner Reece Pyrtle, officers of the Eden Police Department, and leaders of the Rockingham County Salvation Army in attendance.
Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
Johnson was a captain with the Eden Police Department for 30 years. Although he is now retired, his service to the community has never faltered. He has the goal of doing something good for someone every day, and he far surpasses that with his ongoing community service. Johnson spends time visiting senior centers and volunteering through the Salvation Army. His peers in the community have praised his ability to touch lives and care for others in ways big and small.
Pyrtle, who formerly served as Johnson's boss when he was the Eden Police Chief praised his efforts.
“Skip continues his selfless acts in countless ways," Pyrtle said. "Whether he is dropping off sweets for employees and patients at the hospital, preparing meals for a local nursing home or Camp Carefree, mowing a neighbors grass or putting bicycles together for the Salvation Army, he does it all with an energy and attitude that encourages others to join in.”
“Skip is an extraordinary person," Mayor Hall said. "His acts of kindness touch many people. His caring, generous spirit and humble attitude make an amazing difference, and he is a true gem for our community."
"Individuals like Skip Johnson are the fabric of our community," Walker said. "Skip wakes up every day wanting to make a difference for someone, and he does just that. He shows the heart of what the Eden community and our state are all about: putting people first and always sacrificing for others."
Johnson was presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.