Manhattan, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Scott "Brutis" Johnston died in the line of duty on Thursday, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
The 50-year-old sergeant, a 23-year veteran-of-the-force, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma nearly approximately two years ago, Newsday reported.
He passed away in Manhattan, according to the New York Post.
Sgt. Johnston joined the NYPD in 1996, and was assigned to the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn, Newsday reported.
He later served the 111th Precinct in Queens, before he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and moved to the 105th Precinct.
Sgt. Johnston also served on the Queens South Task Force, and was assigned to the department’s Strategic Response Group at the time of his death, Newsday reported.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Sgt. Johnston also served over 30 years as a Levittown Fire Department (LFD) volunteer firefighter, where he worked as a captain.
“He has a huge family and he always made time for the community,” fellow LFD former Captain Tommy Ryan told Newsday. “He taught me a lot and I am trying to follow his lead.”
In addition to his wife, Kristin, Sgt. Johnston also leaves behind his seven daughters, Olivia, Kaeley, Hannah, Amelia, and triplets Natalie, Molly, and Rebecca.
“He is a family guy, just a good person and a great boss,” NYPD Sergeant Dennis Minogue told Newsday. “You could always rely on him. He’s someone you would go out of your way to do something for because he’s such a good guy.”
NYPD Sergeant Anthony Bianco said that he and Sgt. Johnston worked night shifts together while they were serving on the Queens South Task force.
“When things were not right or bad, I would get mad but he would never be like that,” Sgt. Bianco recalled. “He would just go with the flow. A lot of times I wished I was like that. He’s just a great person.”
A fundraising campaign established to help Sgt. Johnston’s family has raised over $19,000 so far.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Sergeant Scott "Brutis" Johnston, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.