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Dialed In: Yakima County Sheriff Detective Looks Back on 43 Years in Law Enforcement

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YAKIMA, WA - It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their entire life to others. Former Yakima County Sheriff detective Dave Johnson is just that. He worked for 43 years in law enforcement in the Yakima Valley in multiple uniforms. 

Young Dave Johnson actually had aspirations to become a firefighter. Instead he took the path of police work, beginning his long career as a reserve officer with the Yakima Police Department. He eventually went on to work in Harrah and then got absorbed into the Yakima County Sheriff's Department. He worked thousands of cases on the road and in the detective division. He recalled just over a dozen unsolved murder cases he admits don't stray far from his mind.

Despite choosing a path as a deputy, Johnson didn't give up on his dream to be a firemen. He's spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and currently is the captain of the Harrah station for Yakima County. In his retirement he's able to dedicate more time to firefighting.

Click on the video to learn more about Johnson and why he retired.