Honey, I’m Not Letting You Go

Barbara Johnson’s first words to Gina DeJesus

Police Officer Barbara Johnson was interviewed after the traumatic rescue of Amanda Berry and her daughter, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.

Sometimes overwhelmed by emotion, Officer Johnson told the story of the girls’ rescue with amazing strength and certainty.

Officer Barbara Johnson said, among other things,

“… all of a sudden it was almost like the pitter-patter of feet running towards you and next thing I know someone is in Anthony, Officer Espada’s arms. At that point, all I remember is when he put her down, she jumps up into my arms and held onto me and screamed, “Please don’t let me go. Please don’t let me go.” I said, “Honey, don’t worry. I’m not letting you go.” …

“I can’t even tell you the emotions that we felt. They were just unbelievable. And everything else was just a blur. I just  It was just surreal. It was unbelievable.  Just the  feeling. The heaviness in the heart just lifted and then the next array of emotions. Of I don’t know it was relief and then you just don’t want to think of what happened to them. So you just keep thinking positive and want to just encourage them that they are safe now and that everything was okay.”

We were in tears listening to this brave woman speak about the shock she experienced as part of her everyday job in the Cleveland Police.

We put the entire transcript of her interview through DeepWord.

It reported that Barbara Johnson’s words showed she was feeling “attentive, smart and determined.” She’s focusing on details. She is feeling that she must communicate clearly. And, she is no fool. Her mind is fully engaged.

And, deep down? DeepWord found her motivations to be “emphatic, influential and purposeful.”

Barbara Johnson is focused on emphasizing the important. She acts and thinks with intent, she has an outcome in mind when she speaks. And, that outcome, to get her message across so people understand and are influenced by it. In this way, Barbara Johnson shows the caliber of her personal strength and natural authority.

Here is a strong and compassionate character that is so deeply impressive … a real hallmark of the police officers who took part in the rescue.

To Barbara and all the other officers involved in this rescue, we salute you.

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Posted in Determination, Inspiration, Strength, Women
5 comments on “Honey, I’m Not Letting You Go
  1. NAM90 says:

    I am so grateful for your article. Much obliged.

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  3. Sergio Brusilov says:

    Hey. That was great. Such a good blog. My heart was in my mouth. So moving.

    • We were so emotional when we saw this story. In the office we cried. We’re so glad you felt the impact. It was astonishing. No-one should be left untouched.

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