Tyler Louis Johnson, 36, firefighter and AEMT known for his drive, compassion and protective nature

BOLIVIA — Tyler Louis Johnson, 36, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.

Tyler was born in Olathe, Kansas, and graduated from DeSoto High School. He had been a volunteer in the Johnson County Fire Department in Kansas.

Upon moving to North Carolina, he was a firefighter with Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department. He then became the chief of the Southport Rescue Squad. When the Southport Rescue Squad and the Southport Fire Department merged, he became the deputy chief and then assistant chief in the Southport Fire Department. He had also served with the Oak Island Fire and Rescue, Pender County Fire and Rescue and worked part time with Brunswick County EMS as an AEMT.

Tyler had also been an EMT instructor at Brunswick Community College. Most recently, he was also a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Real Estate. Tyler had won several awards as a firefighter, including multiple Officer of the Year and outstanding service and dedication awards. He will be remembered for his drive, compassion, protective nature, natural leadership and always putting family and friends first. Tyler’s immense love for his children will live on forever.

Tyler is survived by his wife, Cassandra Johnson; two children, Hailey Johnson and Weston Johnson; father, Bob Johnson, and his partner, Brenda Ellis; grandmother, Joan Kinney; four siblings, Kaitlin Johnson, Garret Johnson, and his wife, Lindsey, and their children, Jessa and Gavin, and Tori Johnson and Saylor Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eric and Mary Shilling; and many other extended family members.

Tyler joined with those in heaven who preceded him in death, his mother, Kristin Johnson; paternal grandparents, Robert W. and Adaline Johnson; and maternal grandparents, Chuck and Lois Kinney.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Southport Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles A. Drew officiating. The family will have visitation from 1 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Tyler’s main priority was his kids; in lieu of flowers, we are kindly asking for donations that will be put into a savings account for his children. To make a contribution, click here.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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