2018-04-11 / Front Page

First responders “respond”!

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


First responders visiting Ricky Johnson Jr. included, from left, kneeling: Tron Williams, Jenkins County EMS, Dwayne Herrington, Chief-Millen Police Department/Fire Department; and Deputy C.J. Green, Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office; and standing: Chief Investigator Wesley Aaron and Deputy Nick Howell, Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office; Director Henry Young and Lee Saxon, Jenkins County EMS; Officer Tracey Herrington, Millen Police Department; Wally Silver, Millen Fire Department; and Officer Keith Taylor, Millen Police Department. First responders visiting Ricky Johnson Jr. included, from left, kneeling: Tron Williams, Jenkins County EMS, Dwayne Herrington, Chief-Millen Police Department/Fire Department; and Deputy C.J. Green, Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office; and standing: Chief Investigator Wesley Aaron and Deputy Nick Howell, Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office; Director Henry Young and Lee Saxon, Jenkins County EMS; Officer Tracey Herrington, Millen Police Department; Wally Silver, Millen Fire Department; and Officer Keith Taylor, Millen Police Department. Ricky Johnson Jr., 5, loves fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. Last Friday, local first responders paid a visit to Ricky’s house with their vehicles, upon learning that he has been recently diagnosed with brain stem glioma, a cancerous tumor in the brain stem.

Ricky, who is also autistic, was a little intimidated by the flashing lights and noisy vehicles at first, but with a little coaxing eventually warmed up to his visitors. He was given a bag of candy and invited to inspect the vehicles he loves so much.


Ricky Johnson Jr. is shown with his father, Ricky Johnson Sr.; Cynthia Steptoe, his father’s fiancé; and Officer Tracey Herrington, Millen Police Department. Local first responders made a surprise visit to Ricky’s house last Friday upon learning that the child was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Ricky Johnson Jr. is shown with his father, Ricky Johnson Sr.; Cynthia Steptoe, his father’s fiancé; and Officer Tracey Herrington, Millen Police Department. Local first responders made a surprise visit to Ricky’s house last Friday upon learning that the child was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Little Ricky is the son of Ricky Johnson Sr. and Magan Johnson and the grandson of Kenneth and Barbara Squire and the late Madeline Tilley, all of Millen.

Mr. Johnson explained that his son had been set up to receive radiation treatments at a Savannah hospital but could not tolerate the required sedation very well. Therefore, an experimental chemical is now being considered as treatment option and the family is hoping that would take place at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Augusta.

Ricky is an energetic, happy little boy and his family remains optimistic of a positive outcome for him. Local first responders were grateful for the opportunity to meet little Ricky and bring a smile to his face!

For more information on the needs of little Ricky and his family, contact Mr. Johnson at 478-299-8976, Ms. Johnson at 706-526-3181 or Cynthia Steptoe, Mr. Johnson’s fiancé, at 706-360-6838.

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