WHEREAS, Texans everywhere are indebted to the fine men and
women in the law enforcement profession who, by their selfless
dedication to the public welfare, have enabled us to enjoy the
benefits of a peaceful and orderly society; and
       WHEREAS, Seldom recognized and often taken for granted by
the public they so faithfully serve, these gallant individuals
daily risk their lives in order to ensure domestic tranquility
and protect the lives and property of others; and
       WHEREAS, Senior Police Officer Rodney Joseph Johnson of
the Houston Police Department exemplified in his personal and
professional conduct the singular virtues of courage, integrity,
and unwavering dedication; and
       WHEREAS, Throughout his 15 years and six months on the
force, his record was one of meritorious service, loyalty,
personal bravery, and self-sacrifice consistent with the high
ideals of the law enforcement profession; and
       WHEREAS, Officer Johnson was killed in the line of duty on
September 21, 2006; his untimely death was a tragic loss to his
family, to his fellow peace officers, and to the entire
community; and
       WHEREAS, His legacy of heroic dedication and
self-sacrifice will endure and continue to be a source of
inspiration to those who follow in a difficult but essential
profession; now, therefore, be it
       RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
80th Legislature, hereby pay tribute to the life of
Senior Police Officer Rodney Joseph Johnson of the Houston Police
Department and extend deepest sympathy to his family, his
friends, and his fellow officers; and, be it further
       RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for the
members of his family, and that when the Senate adjourns this day,
it do so in memory of Senior Police Officer Rodney Joseph Johnson.
Averitt Hegar Shapiro
Brimer Hinojosa Shapleigh
Carona Jackson Uresti
Duncan Janek Van de Putte
Ellis Lucio Watson
Eltife Nelson Wentworth
Estes Nichols West
Fraser Ogden Whitmire
Gallegos Patrick Williams
Harris Seliger Zaffirini
Dewhurst, President of the Senate
    President of the Senate
    I hereby certify that the
above Resolution was adopted by
the Senate on April 30, 2007, by a
rising vote.
    Secretary of the Senate
     Member, Texas Senate