Upper Dublin Police mourn loss of retired Officer/Pastor Edward ‘Eagle’ Johnson

The Upper Dublin Township Police Department announced the passing of retired Officer Edward B. “Eagle” Johnson, passed away on June 25, 2024. He was 81 years old.

According to the department, Johnson served from March 1970 to August 1997. After his retirement, Johnson assumed a pastorship at Holmesburg Baptist Church in Philadelphia.


From Upper Dublin police’s announcement:

Officer Johnson’s commitment to public service and his unwavering dedication to the safety and well-being of our community left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Throughout his distinguished career, he was known for his integrity, bravery, and compassionate approach to law enforcement.

Officer Johnson took on many responsibilities over the course of his law enforcement career. He served as a Field Training Officer and as an Officer-In-Charge in supervising daily the operations of his squad. He was an instructor at the Montgomery County Police Academy and a member of the Black Police Officers Association in Montgomery County. Prior to working at the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, Officer Johnson worked for Ambler Boro Police Department. He was a beloved mentor and friend to fellow officers throughout his career.

To the community he served, Officer Johnson was known as “Eagle” for his approachable personality and kind heart. He was a true mentor and respected by youth and adults alike who would seek him out when they needed guidance or just someone to talk too. Officer Johnson mentored many young black men who were interested in law enforcement.

Following his law enforcement career, Officer Johnson continued to be an active and cherished member of the Upper Dublin community when he served as a Security Officer for the Upper Dublin School District. Through that work, he helped many students during their challenging years at Sandy Run Middle School.

In 2002, Officer Johnson found his true calling when he became a Pastor of the Holmesburg Baptist Church in Philadelphia. It was there that he continued his legacy of service to the Lord and his kindness will be remembered and cherished by all in his congregation.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and former colleagues. We invite you to join us in honoring Officer Johnson’s memory and celebrating his life and contributions to our community.

The announcement concluded with a notice that a public viewing will be held on Friday, July 19 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, July 20 from 9:00am to 11:00am at Aldworth Funeral Home, 4117 Decatur Street, Philadelphia.

Memorial services will begin at 11:00am, the department said.

Johnson’s obituary can be found here.


Photos: UDPD