Amy Thorn Johnson Wiki – Biography
Amy Thorn Johnson, also known as Amy Ford, a nurse who was recognized and spoke at the Republican National Convention in August, has been named as a suspect in a West Virginia shooting. WSAZ reported that the Ford is charged by the Williamson Police with malicious wounding in the shooting of Jonda Whitt in Williamson, West Virginia.
The suspect is listed by the police as Amy Thorn, but she is also known as Amy Johnson or by her maiden name Amy Ford and she is the same woman who was recognized at the Republican National Convention in August. Dotson confirmed her identity, telling WCHS, “Amy is well-known around the area for her participation and going over to the RNC committee and a nurse that was helping out with the coronavirus and was on the front line.”
Amy Thorn Johns Age
Amy Thorn Johnson’s age is 39 years old.
Charged & Arrested
A West Virginia registered nurse who traveled to New York City and Texas to treat coronavirus patients at the height of the pandemic and spoke at the RNC was arrested after allegedly shooting a woman during an argument.
Amy Thorn, 39, of Williamson, West Virginia, was arrested after she allegedly shot Jonda Whitt in the abdomen, while they argued Thursday at about 5pm, the Mingo Messenger reported.
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The shooting victim, Whitt, has undergone surgery and Williamson police told WSAZ that she is expected to make a full recovery. The outlet first reported that the shooting took place on Thursday evening at around 5 p.m. on Vinson Street.
A police investigation revealed that an unspecified argument broke out between the two women, which led to Thorn allegedly fearing for her safety and telling Whitt that she had a gun.
Police said Thorn told them the shooting was in self-defense. She had a permit for the gun. Police said Thorn told them the shooting was in self-defense. She had a permit for the gun. Thorn then went to her car and retrieved the gun, Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson told the Mingo Messenger. In her police statement, Thorn claimed the shooting was self-defense.
It’s unclear if Whitt was armed at the time of the incident. Police said that the gun Thorn used in the shooting was legally registered and that she had a permit to carry it. Thorn faces charges of malicious wounding and was released on a $5,000 bond. Thorn first made local and national headlines for traveling to NYC and clocking hundreds of hours at a Brooklyn hospital when the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.
Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson told WCHS, “Through the investigation we came to find out that two females got into a verbal argument, turning into one of the females getting a gun. She did shoot the victim one time in the abdomen area.” Johnson told police in a statement that she shot Whitt in self-defense and she is now released from jail on bond.
Amy Thorn Johnson Spoke at the Republican National Convention in August
Ford was invited to speak at the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic after she made headlines for her decision to travel to New York City and help patients in the affected city. She was then given a speaking role at the Republican National Convention this past August, where she spoke about Trump’s COVID-19 response. In the video, available at the top of this section, she says, “President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on and made rapid policy changes.”
Ford spoke about the increased accessibility to telehealth services since the start of COVID-19 and the possibility of video visits between patients and their families.
“As a healthcare professional I can tell you without hesitation, Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19,” she said in her 3-minute long speech.
Ford deployed to New York City at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in response to officials’ call for more health care professionals in that city. At the time, Ford told WSAZ, “I just felt like my services were needed more in New York than home at this time.”
She was assigned to an intensive care unit in Brooklyn, “roughly about 630 beds,” she told the outlet. “They had three intensive care units to start with, and they converted another area to a fourth intensive care unit to hold patients who are on ventilators. The rest of the hospital is primarily all COVID-19 patients.”
Ford posted a video on Facebook in April sharing her experiences in New York City and urging people to socially distance. The emotional video was widely viewed and shared, with thousands of reactions and comments.
In response to her work and the viral video, Ford was invited to an event at the White House in May, where she told Trump and the rest of the crowd, “This experience has been one of the most emotionally challenging things that I’ve ever been through, but it has made me a better person in the end,” according to the White House’s Facebook video of the event.
Ford has been a registered nurse for 17 years, according to her RNC speech. Her Facebook profile indicates that she’s worked at Trinity Health Care Services of Mingo since March 2019. She obtained her nursing degree at West Virginia University, which she attended from 2004 to 2006. She is the mother of three children, according to WCHS.