Johnny Sides was born December 12, 1928 in Dallas, Texas and died February 7, 1951 in Dallas.
Johnny Sides, a Dallas native and a 1946 graduate of Sunset High School, went to work for the Dallas Police Department at the age of 17. Over the next four years he quickly advanced through the department's administrative office and then applied to take the police examination at the age of 21—the minimum age required to attend the police academy.
Upon his acceptance, Sides was reclassified as an apprentice policeman on Nov. 6, 1950–one of the happiest days of his life. No surprise to his classmates, Sides took on a leadership role by serving as vice president of his academy class while maintaining his involvement in the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce as chairman of the traffic safety committee.
Unfortunately, Sides' extraordinary service was cut short. Twenty-one days after graduating fifth in his class at the Dallas Police Academy, Sides was fatally wounded as he and his partner confronted a band of criminals wanted for vicious crimes in four other states. As he fought for his life in a hospital bed, Sides positively identified all four men involved in the shooting. Shortly thereafter, the criminals were arrested in Arkansas.
A few days later, on Feb. 7, 1951, Sides succumbed to his wounds. Although he was a police officer for too brief a time, Sides has inspired countless police officers and citizens with his dedication, leadership, caring attitude and sacrifice."
- Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce
He was a City of Dallas, Texas police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Officer Sides and his partner, Harold Dawson, stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at a red light at Fourth and Pennsylvania Avenues in Dallas, Texas on January 22, 1951. As Officer Sides and his partner approached the vehicle, the four white males in the vehicle began shooting at the officers. Officer Sides was shot in the abdomen. Officer Sides was taken to Parkland Hospital and died from his injuries on February 7, 1951 at 6:31 p.m. His assailant was executed on April 9, 1952.
The Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year Award is presented annually to a Dallas Police Officer by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Cheerleader, Vice-President of Junior Historical Society, Good Scholarship Club, Speakers Club