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Former Chattahoochee Valley student-athlete a fallen hero in San Bernardino tragedy

Former Chattahoochee Valley student-athlete a fallen hero in San Bernardino tragedy

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- Shannon Hilliard Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles, Calif., was killed Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in the tragic incident in San Bernardino, Calif., while he and his fellow employees were attending a Christmas party. He died heroically as he acted as a shield for a fellow employee who survived the violent massacre of 14 people. He will be remembered throughout America for his statement "I got you" as he covered her body from the gunfire of the assailants.

Johnson played college baseball for the Augusta College Jaguars in the early 1990s. A sophomore transfer from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Johnson joined the Jags for the 1992 season as a catcher. He wore No. 13 and split time behind the plate under head coach Skip Fite. After graduating from Windsor Academy in Macon, Ga., Johnson signed a baseball scholarship to Middle Georgia Junior College and eventually played for Augusta College.

In 2004, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Cal State University of San Bernardino. He had plans of pursuing his doctorate in the same area. In 2005, he went to work for San Bernardino County as an Environmental Health Specialist where he remained employed until the time of his death. Shannon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert L. Hilliard Jr. and Dorothy D. Hilliard; paternal grandfather, Joseph Frank Johnson; father, Robert "Bobby" Franklin Johnson; uncle, Robert "Bobby" L. Hilliard III.

Survivors are his mother, Barbara J. Pollard; stepfather, Dr. Albert E. Pollard, Jr.; brother, Robert "Rob" Franklin (Beth) Johnson, Jr.; sister, Samantha Pollard (Wes) Odom; paternal grandmother Willie Dell Johnson of Jesup, Ga.; nieces, Annsley Johnson and Emma Odom; nephews, Robert "Bobby" F. Johnson, III, Jacob Odom, and Gabriel Odom; aunts, Sandra (Gary) Bunn, Terri (Kim) Bennett and Gerri Carbaat; cousins, Susan Hilliard Harden, Gary Bunn, Jr., Sean Bennett, Brennan Bennett, Jessica Dougherty and Chase Wolfe; step grandparents, Albert E. and Louise Pollard of Macon, Ga.

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