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Father of three, 'cherished' co-worker, killed in Waukesha County crash

Father, 'cherished' co-worker killed in crash
Father, 'cherished' co-worker killed in crash
Posted at 6:11 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 19:11:27-05

MILWAUKEE -- Pictures of precious moments and memories are what Ross Johnson has to hold on to. Photographs that remind him of his father, Freddie Johnson.

Freddie was tragically killed in an accident on I-94 and Elmhurst. Another driver lost control and crashed into Freddie's work vehicle. Both lives were tragically lost.

 "It sucks for the other family too. I know what they are going through and they are in my prayers and heart too," said Ross.

Freddie was an Aurora Health Care employee where he served as an ACL Laboratories courier for 19 years. The company said in a statement he was a wonderful colleague, a friend to all his co-workers and beloved at area hospitals.

“Freddie Johnson was a wonderful colleague and cherished member of the ACL Laboratories family for 19 years. He was a friend to all his colleagues and beloved at the area hospitals where he served as a courier. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.” - Aurora Health Care

Ross said Freddie loved his job and his coworkers were like his second family.

"He was dedicated to the people he worked with," said Ross.

Freddie's son said his dad worked his whole life to make sure his family has the things they needed in life. He loved Christmas but procrastinated with buying gifts, however, this year was different.

"He loves shopping the night before Christmas and it was different this year that he shopped last week of November. There are gifts in the house right now that are already wrapped and ready for Christmas. He just left us little stuff here to show us we will be ok," said Ross.

Ross hopes his dad will be remembered for his caring heart, kind nature and wonderful smile. 

"I just want people to remember him by his smile, his work ethic and him wanting everyone to be happy and better people," said Ross.