On June 1st, 1928 lifelong Point Pleasant resident Arnold Johnson was appointed as Marshal of the Borough. As the Marshal, Arnold served as Chief of Police, Detective, Traffic Safety Officer and even Crossing Guard. Retired Point Pleasant Police Captain Everett H. Clayton recalls Marshal Johnson crossing children in front of the Ocean Road School when he was a student. In the short time Marshal Johnson crossed the students a relationship was forged that Captain Clayton fondly remembers to this day.
At 3:30 pm, Sunday, July 22nd, 1928 Marshal Johnson was killed "in the line of duty" after serving only 52 days as a police officer. Arnold was 23 years old at the time of his death and was engaged to be married on August 4th, 1928.
It has been more than 72 years since Arnold Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice and the men and women that have followed in his footsteps have never forgotten. We feel that it is never too late to honor the memories of our fallen brother so we have initiated steps to remember Arnold with a memorial in front of the Point Pleasant Municipal Hall where citizens can visit, relax and pray that Arnold's name will be the last.
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