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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             Public Information Officer
             (919) 716-3700


Danny ThompsonAPEX - Sgt. Danny Johnson of Greene Correctional Institution in Maury was recognized today by Correction Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of 12 Correctional Officers of the Year.

For the past 15 years, Johnson has served as chief of the Fort Run Volunteer Fire and EMS department. He's responsible for a staff of 30 who provide fire, rescue and EMS services to a community of 1,000 citizens.

Johnson implemented EMS services in the community including first responders and advanced life support services. He organized the purchase of new fire and rescue vehicles and supervised building an addition to the fire department.

On the job at Greene Correctional, Johnson opened the new segregation unit and many of his ideas have become standard operating procedure. "Sgt. Johnson has worked hard to give 110 percent daily, to make this facility the best it can be," said his supervisor, Capt. Robert Tyson. Johnson serves on the safety and dispute resolution committees and is a squad leader on the prison's emergency response team.

Johnson is a graduate of Greene Central High School, and attended Wayne and Lenoir Community Colleges. He joined the Department of Correction in 1994 as a correctional officer, and has also worked as a program assistant at Greene Correctional Center. He lives in Snow Hill.

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