Michael Johnston lost his life in the line of duty when he lost control of the water tanker truck he was driving while answering a call for a brush fire on October 18, 2019. Michael Johnston was a volunteer firefighter with the Equality Volunteer Fire Department. He lost his life serving the residents of Coosa County.
Born March 31, 1974, in Tallassee, Alabama, Michael learned very early how hard work and dedication would pay off. Michael was a very hard worker, and in high school he was a star athlete in football. Michael never met a stranger and was liked by everyone in high school.
Michael left behind children and a wife he adored. Michael had three sons and two stepdaughters. He also had a niece that he loved and treated like his own daughter due to her mother passing away five years ago. Michael was a diesel mechanic by trade and very talented with his hands; he could build anything. Michael was a good, down to earth, simple man. He loved his family. Michael loved to cook and loved having family get togethers. Michael always tried to help anyone he could, and he died trying to help his community.