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Lynette Johnson: "Everybody should make sure they kiss their loved one, everyday"

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When you walk into the Johnson home you can feel the love his family still has for him. His favorite rocking chair sits in the living room with his favorite jean jacket, his Okoboji hat and his prison guard hat. Surrounding that are pictures of him.

RJ has been honored with numerous awards and medals. One was presented to the family just Friday night in Las Vegas.

RJ's name is also listed on memorial walls in various states. Inmates have even reached out. They made a plaque for the family.

His wife Lynette even wears a special necklace close to her heart.

"These are Ron's thumb prints, his fingerprints. I wear them every day," Johnson said.

While all are keepsakes for Lynette to hold onto, it's still tough.

"I miss him so much," Lynette Johnson said.

And so does his family, friends and those who knew him. It's been no doubt a tough year-and-a-half for the Johnson family. Lynette says she remembers like it was yesterday when she got that phone call from the penitentiary.

"I said what do you mean he's hurt? What happened? He told me they (inmates) wanted a piece of his uniform and what hospital to take him (RJ) to?

The failed escape attempt back in April 2011 happened when Eric Robert and another inmate hit Johnson over the head with a lead pipe. They put plastic wrap over his face to suffocate him. Johnson's uniform was also taken off him so they could wear it to escape.

While Lynette remembers these events all too clearly she has advice for those of you watching tonight.

"Everybody should make sure they kiss their loved one, everyday," Johnson said.

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