By Michael Williams
Four new City of Sevierville police officers took their oaths to protect and serve at a recent swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. The new officers, Chase Singleton, Andrew Fox, Orrin Carr and Caleb Brien, are currently attending the Law Enforcement Academy at Walter’s State Community College. Once the four complete the program, they will begin an extensive field training program at the department.
Several Sevierville police officers and firefighters were presented with lifesaving awards at a Board of Mayor and Aldermen which met on August 4, 2014.
Officers Graham Ownby, Mike Lequire, Eric Denton and Thomas Thompson and firefighters Andrew Wilson, John Satterfield and Andy Johnson were all recognized for their recent efforts to help save the lives of a married couple.
“Our officers and firefighters face significant challenges almost daily. It is important that we recognize their contributions and outstanding service to our community,” said Police Chief Don Myers.
On June 10, at approximately 5 a.m., officers went to a home on Buena Drive in response to a residential burglar alarm being activated. After arriving, they did not initially find anything out of the ordinary. A police dispatch made several attempts to contact someone at the residence via telephone, but were unsuccessful. The officers continued to investigate and one of the officers noticed the garage door was warm to the touch and that a vehicle was running inside.
Officers entered the home and found an elderly woman semi-conscious in a hallway and an elderly man unconscious in a bedroom; the home was filled with carbon monoxide. Firefighters and officers removed them from the home and firefighters performed first aid. Officers went through the basement and into the garage and turned off the automobile, which had apparently been running since the previous evening.
According to the female victim, she had awoken in a dazed and confused state. She was having difficulty breathing, so she activated the burglar alarm and unlocked the front door before collapsing in a hallway. Both persons returned to health after a short hospital stay.
“Some say ‘we are just doing our job,’ which is true,” said Fire Chief Matt Henderson. “When their job saves someone’s life we should recognize the dedication and training it took to get them there.”