Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores honored the late Sgt. Doug Johnson with her quarterly Officer Recognition Award at the most recent meeting of the board of supervisors.
"Countywide, we have excellent law enforcement, so it is hard to choose among them (for the award)," she said.
She said Johnson was an exceptional officer, who served as a reserve officer, while also with the U.S. Forest Service.
"He fought in the Bray and Dude fires and became a full-time police officer in 1993," she said.
Johnson took advantage of multiple training opportunities over the years, earning an extensive list of specialists certifications.
"He is definitely going to be missed by the county community at large," she said.
Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner thanked Flores for recognizing Johnson.
"He was a good friend to all of us," Gartner said. "One of the questions asked of all the applicants for the four sergeant posts was who each one would like to see chosen, other than themselves ... Every candidate chose Doug Johnson. We were all grateful to know him."