Pawnee County community mourns the sudden loss of its undersheriff

    Pawnee County community mourns the sudden loss of its undersheriff

    PAWNEE, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Pawnee County community is heartbroken over the sudden loss of their undersheriff, Monty Johnson.

    He was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 18.

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a driver veered into the center of the lane and hit Johnson's car.

    The undersheriff lost his life at the scene.

    On Thursday night, community members held a prayer service to show their support to Johnson's family.

    "Our community is broken. We've lost a loved one. We lost someone that we care about. Right now, we're not OK but we're going to be OK," said Johnny Wagner, the Pawnee County Jail Senior Chaplin.

    "Monty had a heart for this community. Monty had a heart for the people he served and the people he served with," said Wagner.

    Their goal was to show everyone, especially his family, they aren't alone.

    "Monty's family needs to know and understand that we love them. That we care about them. That we're here for them and support them," said Wagner.

    There was a common theme of what people would say about Johnson when we asked about the type of person he was.

    "A great man of God. Love him. He's going to be greatly missed," said John Stephenson, a close friend. "He raised his kids right. A loving person, and as a lot of people said, he has a great heart, loves his wife, loves his kids."

    The other driver is expected to be OK.

    OHP is still investigating what caused the accident.

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