Widow of 'local hero' going to D.C. as guest of Murphy

Published on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:26
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is bringing Caroline Johnson to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Jan. 30 as his guest.

She is the widow of Scott Johnson, a New Britain firefighter and member of the U.S. Coast Guard who died at 43 last August of colorectal cancer.

“Scott is a real local hero. He dedicated his entire life to protecting us in the Coast Guard and through his work as a firefighter,” Murphy said Wednesday. “It just felt right to bring the story of a family of heroes down to Washington.”

Murphy said he recently had a friend die of colorectal cancer.

“He was 40 years old. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of young men being diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer and more research is desperately needed to figure out what’s going on so that we can address this spike,” Murphy said.

Murphy and his office have been working with Caroline Johnson since her husband died.

“I’m proud and honored to join Senator Chris Murphy at the State of the Union to tell Scott’s story and be a voice for him and so many other families,” Caroline Johnson said.

Scott Johnson was on active duty for eight years before joining the Coast Guard Reserve. He worked in the Coast Guard Academy’s Department of Engineering.

The New Britain resident was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2015, affecting his firefighter and Coast Guard duties. After his diagnosis and retirement from the service, Johnson’s peers at the Coast Guard fought to bring the retirement ceremony to the city’s Fire Department Station 1 in August. Johnson died a week later.

“I still do not fully understand why Scott was taken so young, and I never will. The men and women who fight this disease need an advocate for the importance of earlier screening and detection and research for a cure, and I am not one to back down from that challenge,” Caroline Johnson said. “It’s difficult for my three sons to understand right now, but as they get older, I hope that they will realize that not only was their father a hero to us and to those who knew and loved him, but also to the men and woman whose lives we can save because of his story.”

Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, State on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:26. Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:29.