It was at an early age that both Alaska Torch Run Director Jimmy Johnson and Montana Torch Run Director Jason Johnson knew they wanted to be in law enforcement. For many families, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is a family event, even one passed on through generations within a law enforcement home. Jason and Jimmy represent a unique occurrence that the LETR community has yet to see. Brothers, both in the position of Director in two separate programs within the same region; a very special first for the LETR community and one that Region VIII, especially Montana and Alaska, are excited to have.
Jason and Jimmy grew up in a loving family of 6 siblings in Missoula, MT. Jason started a career in construction, but after his daughter was born, decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He started with the Reserve Unit in Missoula in 1997, becoming a full-time police officer in 1998. Jason has served with the Conrad, MT Police Department, the Ravalli County (MT) Sheriff’s Department, and finally the Missoula County (MT) Sheriff’s Department.
Jimmy became a U.S. Marshal in 2003. After spending time in Utah and with the Regional Fugitive Task Force in Wisconsin, Jimmy moved to Alaska in 2008 where he currently serves as a Senior Inspector.
Both Jason and Jimmy have volunteered early on in their careers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. They have served in many roles including Final Leg (FL) Runners, FL Team Leaders, FL Planning Committee, Event Organizers, Special Olympics Board of Directors in their home states. Now, both serve as Torch Run Directors within Region VIII.
Since 2016, Jason has served as the Montana Torch Run Director, immediately taking it from a $520,000 program to well over $610,000. Jimmy stepped up as the Alaska Torch Run Director in 2017, one he is fortunate to inherit as the #1 LETR fundraising program per capita in the world.