The memorial service for Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson will begin at 10 a.m. at The House Church in Modesto. It will be followed by a procession to Lakewood Memorial Park, where Johnson will be buried.
We will update this story throughout the service.
10:50 a.m.: Lt Hughes made an unconventional request: “Please take out your cell phone and take a selfie of this moment.” These are to be posted on social media in Johnson’s honor.
10:36 a.m.: Sheriff’s Lt. Tori Hughes, who previously served as police chief in Patterson: “Being timid and shy were never words I heard to describe Raschel ...you never knew what she was going to say.”
10:24: A video presentation has begun.
10:18 a.m.: Johnson’s cousin, Maureen Renee, is speaking. A diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, Renee is wearing an Atlanta Falcons shirt in honor of her cousin, “the only person who could get me to wear an Atlanta Falcons shirt. ... My entire life, Raschel has been my role model.”
10:15 a.m.: Dirkse is reading an email Johnson sent on May 12, her last day in Patterson. He read it the following day, the day Johnson died. “I appreciate all of you very much. Thank you all for making this the best five years of my career.”
10:11 a.m.: Dirkse’s iPhone autocorrected Raschel to “Rascal”. It fit so well, the name stuck.
10:09 a.m.: Patterson Police Chief Jeff Dirkse is speaking. Patterson contracts with the sheriff’s office for police services; Johnson had been assigned to the city until recently.
10: 07 a.m.: The bagpiper is performing “Amazing Grace”.
10:05 a.m.: Macias: “What a wonderful woman Raschel was. Through all the good times and all the tough times, she never lost her contagious smile.”
10 a.m.: The service has begun, with a welcome from the Rev. Joe Macias. “We’ve been praying for all of you,” he said. “God is close to you right now. He knows your pain; He knows your hurts.”
9:33 a.m.: A number of law enforcement vehicles are lined up outside the church for the procession afterward. A bagpiper is preparing to perform.
9:23 a.m.: A procession of uniformed law enforcement members is entering the church, in front of a mounted horse unit stationed on the lawn.