Processions in South Florida honor Sgt. La David Johnson's sacrifice

Final farewell prompts road closures during processions to honor hero

By Layron Livingston - Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's final farewell Saturday included two final processions in Broward County.  

Police officers and deputies from the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Broward County Sheriff's Office escorted the fallen hero's remains. The Hollywood Police Department and Hollywood Fire Rescue also honored Johnson's sacrifice. 

Johnson died while serving along Green Berets in Africa when Islamic militants ambushed them Oct. 4. The military located Johnson's body in the desert of Niger Oct. 6, returned him to the Dover Air Force Oct. 7 and to Miami International Airport Oct. 17.

The Pentagon is conducting an investigation on the attack that killed Johnson, whose final resting place is the Hollywood Memorial Gardens at 3001 N. 72 St.  


The procession turned right to travel westbound on Taft Street. Dozens lined up along the path to pay their respects. 

They turned right at N. University Drive and traveled northbound while escorting Sgt. La David Johnson's remains.

The procession made a left on Stirling Road and traveled westbound until they stopped at the church’s entrance at 110th Avenue.

The final service began at 11 a.m.



Following the funeral service, the procession left the church to the Hollywood Memorial Gardens at 3001 N. 72 St. 

The procession traveled eastbound on Stirling Road. 

They turned right on University Drive and traveled southbound to turn left on Taft Street. After traveling eastbound on Taft Street, the procession turned left towards the cemetery for interment. 


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