50+ Faces – 50 Stories from our 50th Anniversary celebrants

Lieutenant Percy Harris Johnson Jr.

Percy JohnsonLieutenant Percy Harris Johnson, Jr. began is his fire career as a firefighter with the City of White Plains Fire Department in 2003. Growing up, Lt. Johnson always knew that he wanted to give back to his community. When 9/11 happened, he knew his calling was to become a firefighter. He spent 16 years working as a career firefighter, and in 2018 was appointed Lieutenant by Chief Richard L. Lyman.

As a City of White Plains resident, Lt. Johnson was educated within the White Plains City School District and has been an active member of the White Plains Youth Bureau since 7th grade. During his many years with the Youth Bureau, Lt. Johnson has developed a strong mentoring program, and has worked with other Youth Bureau members to speak out against racism across both Westchester and Rockland County. When time permitted, you could also find Lt. Johnson teaching chess to the participants of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Saturday Academy.

During his time as a career firefighter and presently as a Lieutenant, Lt. Johnson has given back to the youth of the White Plains community by redesigning the Juvenile Fire Intervention Program, which was created to assist at-risk youth ranging in age from 3-17, in making better life decisions. Lt. Johnson has received many accolades for his service throughout the years, but the one that resonates most with him is The Purple Heart Life Saving Award he received in 2014 when he saved the life of a fellow firefighter.

Not only is Lt. Johnson a pillar within the City of White Plains Fire Department, but he is also a beacon throughout the White Plains community

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