Oklahoma County Deputy Mark Johns Honored at Concert Featuring Beach Boys and John Stamos
KOKH - September 26, 2022 6:25 am
Injured Oklahoma County deputy Mark Johns was honored during a concert featuring the Beach Boys on Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall (Photo: OCSO)
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Injured Oklahoma County deputy Mark Johns was honored Saturday during a concert at the Civic Center Music Hall featuring the Beach Boys, actor John Stamos, and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean.
Johns was injured last month when he used his body to shield Sgt. Bobby Swartz from gunfire while the pair were serving eviction papers in Oklahoma City. Swartz was killed in the attack, and Johns is still recovering.
The musicians honored Johns during the show and he received a standing ovation from the audience.
The band members all signed guitars that were raffled off to benefit Johns and the family of Swartz.
Stamos, who is best known for playing the role of Uncle Jesse on Full House, also performed with the Beach Boys on Saturday. He took the time to shake Johns’ hand, thanked him for his service, and had a long talk with him. He also gave him a bracelet that his wife made.
John Stamos and Oklahoma County deputy Mark Johns
Stamos said on Twitter that it was “an honor to meet a real hero.”
The sheriff’s office said Johns is a “huge” Beach Boys fan and was honored to be recognized by the group he grew up listening to.
This concert raised money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and their Food For Kids programs. All net proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids campaign.