Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich
Sergeant Patrick "Scott" Johnson
The Alaska Department of Public Safety is reeling from the loss of two Alaska State Troopers who were killed in the line of duty in the remote village of Tanana yesterday.
Sgt. Scott Johnson was born in Fairbanks, but grew up in Tok where he graduated from Tok School in 1987. He was 45 at the time of his death. Johnson was a North Slope Borough Police Officer for three years before joining the Alaska State Trooper ranks in 1993. Afterward, he headed to Fairbanks where he worked his entire 20-year trooper career. During his long esteemed career, he worked as a patrol trooper; was a field training officer; was a canine officer, instructor and canine unit supervisor; supervisor of the Fairbanks Areawide Narcotics Team; patrol shift supervisor; and finally rural unit sergeant. He is survived by his wife, three teenage daughters, his parents and siblings.
Trooper Gabe Rich was born Pennsylvania, but moved to Fairbanks shortly after his birth. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 2006. He was 26 at the time of his death. He spent four years working as a patrolman with the North Pole Police Department before deciding to become an Alaska State Trooper in 2011. Trooper Rich worked in Fairbanks patrol for the majority of his 3 ½ years as a trooper, then moved to the Rural Unit the same day as Johnson. He is survived by his fiancÃ©, two sons, and his parents.
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