Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson will be buried Friday with a public viewing at the University of Montevallo Student Activity Center beginning at 9 a.m
The visitation ends at 11:15 am, followed by a funeral service from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
A procession to Centerville follows with a private funeral. Residents and well-wishers are encouraged to line the route of the procession to show their support for Johnson and his family, officials said.
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“We would like to ask the public to participate as much as possible. There will be some suggested areas where they can line up (to view the procession),” said Chris Heisler, president and founder of the US Honor Flag and the Honor Network. “Brad was a hero and he will get this honor as a hero.”
Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade agreed.
“Brad was ours, but he was everyone’s,” Wade said. “They (the public) have the right to show their respect in any way they see fit, in any way that best honors Brad.”
Johnson’s funeral procession will be moving back to Centerville from Montevallo along Alabama Highway 25, and the sheriff said he anticipates a long procession.
For those wishing to make a contribution to the memorial fund benefitting Johnson and wounded Deputy Chris Poole, donations can be made through the Bibb County Commission office at 157 SW Davidson Drive in Centreville.
Information on contributions to the fund can also be found on the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.
Johnson and Poole were shot and killed by a fleeing suspect on June 29, authorities said.
The suspect in the shooting, 26-year-old Austin Hall, was arrested after a massive manhunt.
According to the Bibb County District Attorney, Hall faces two counts of capital murder — one for Johnson’s death and one for shooting into a vehicle, resulting in death — and one count of attempted murder for the shooting of Poole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.