Tenn. officer hurt trying to save family in deadly house fire

Officer Robert Frederick's 18-year-old daughter and father-in-law died in the fire


By Sarah Calams

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — A police officer is recovering from his injuries after trying to save his daughter and father-in-law during a house fire last weekend. 

WBIR.com reported that Officer Robert Frederick, who has been with the Gatlinburg Police Department since 2015, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's burn center following the fire. He was recently upgraded to good condition.

Frederick's 18-year-old daughter, Shauna, and his 74-year-old father-in-law, Edmond Davis, died in the fire. 

"Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Officer Frederick and his family during this tragic time," Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins told WVLT. "Officer Frederick is an integral part of our City family and we are continuing to ask for prayers, support and privacy for him and his family."

Frederick's wife was also injured, but has since been released from the hospital.

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The fire remains under investigation. A benefit fund for Frederick's family has been set up through SmartBank. Donations can be made at any SmartBank branch in Sevier County, according to the report. 

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