Payson has more than its share of everyday heroes.
There is the bus driver who makes sure your child gets safely to school.
The school nurse who patches him up when he scrapes his knee on the playground.
The teacher who makes sure he gets extra attention with a difficult assignment.
Henry David Thoreau said, "The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men."
Payson Police Sgt. Doug Johnson was that kind of hero.
Throughout his 11 years of patrolling the streets of Payson, Doug went about his business quietly, unassuming, undaunted by the tremendous responsibility of keeping us safe.
He even volunteered for extra duties. Last summer, Doug was one of several officers who took time out of their schedules to teach the ins and outs of police work during the police department's first Citizens Police Academy.
Doug also was one of the officers to volunteer for the department's special enforcement unit, battling the Rim country's escalating drug problem.
His commitment to fighting drugs didn't stop there. Doug was one of the department's most ardent supporters of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, teaching children the dangers of drugs at an early age.
Benjamin Disraeli said, "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."
The name of Sgt. Doug Johnson will be remembered fondly by those whose lives he touched. And the legacy of his great example will live on in his children, and the children he taught throughout his career.