SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The City of Atlanta has issued a statement after a Watershed worker was killed by a falling tree.

Aquarius “AJ” Johnson was killed when a tree fell on her City of Atlanta vehicle in Sandy Springs Thursday afternoon while she was headed to an inspection site.

Strong storms and heavy winds were moving through the area at the time.

Johnson, 38, worked as an Erosion and Sediment Control inspector in the Office of Watershed Protection.

"While she had only been with the Department for 17 months, she made an indelible impression on her teammates," the city said in a statement.

On Friday, the city tweeted:

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Aquarius “AJ” Johnson. She was a valuable member of our City of Atlanta family. Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with AJ’s loved ones, friends, and @ATLWatershed colleagues during this difficult time."

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of this valuable member of our City of Atlanta family. Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with AJ’s loved ones and friends during this difficult time.” 

Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia Powell issued the following statement:

“The family, work family and friends of AJ are in our thoughts and prayers. As a Department we believe our team members are our most valued resources, AJ died in the line of duty, protecting our watersheds. We remain grateful for her service on behalf of the Department and the City of Atlanta. She will be missed dearly.”

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