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A new Nebraska State Patrol officer recently moved to Antelope County.
Trooper Ray Johnson, who was first stationed in Valentine, transferred to his new duty station at the end of 2017. He and his wife Anna, a Creighton native, moved to Neligh to be “closer to family,” he said.
Johnson was born in Grand Island and grew up in Phillips, a small town near his birthplace. He attended Nebraska Christian High School. After high school, Johnson enrolled in York College, where he wrestled and studied criminal justice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2013 and entered the Nebraska State Patrol Academy on Feb. 10, 2014. Johnson attended the 24-week academy at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. He graduated in August of 2014 and was assigned to Valentine.
Johnson has special training as a drug recognition expert, is a member of the mobile field force, and serves as a CPR instructor and tactical medicine instructor. In addition, he was presented the 2017 Mothers Against Drunk Driving award.