Holocaust Museum Hero Honored

Officer died while saving others

Monday, May 10, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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A man who lost his life while saving others was honored Monday.

Stephen Johns was standing guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum last June when an 88-year-old white supremacist with a violent history opened fire. Johns died in the confrontation.

Today, he was honored at an annual memorial service for fallen officers.

D. C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier remembered Johns as a smiling man who loved his family.

His gallant act prevented other deaths that day, Lanier said.

James von Brunn was indicted in the shooting but died earlier this year while awaiting trial.

Johns was the only officer to die in the line of duty in the Washington region last year.

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