Modesto, CA – Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Garner and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson were both killed in a fiery collision on Saturday.
The incident happened around 8:19 AM. Deputy Jason Garner, 41, was driving a patrol vehicle with Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson, 42, riding as a passenger while they were en route to a burglary call.
As the vehicle was heading north on Crows Landing Road, near Seventh Street, the vehicle left the roadway, crashed into Modesto Auto Wreckers, and then burst into flames, according to Modesto Bee.
“Emergency personnel arrived on scene to a fully engulfed vehicle and they did everything they could to save the two occupants of the vehicle,” CHP Officer Thomas Olsen said. “It is a sad day for us here in Stanislaus County, for all of us.”
Governor Jerry Brown issued the following statement regarding the deaths of Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department Deputy Jason Garner and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson:
"Anne and I were deeply saddened to learn of the collision that resulted in the tragic deaths of Deputy Garner and Community Service Officer Johnson this morning. Both were dedicated public servants who devoted their careers to keeping the people of Stanislaus County safe. We extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends and coworkers."
Deputy Garner was a 9 1/2 year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. He is survived by his wife and four children.
CSO Johnson was a 15 year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. She is survived by her parents and three children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen heroes and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Rest easy, heroes. We'll hold the line from here.