Lake City Police Officer Dies in Early Morning Fire
COLUMBIA COUNTY - It was a tragedy in blue this morning in Lake City.
One police officer - new to the force -is dead and one veteran officer is recovering from smoke inhalation after an early morning fire.
Investigators do not yet know why the home caught fire, or why only one officer was able to make it out alive.
Veteran officer and now investigator David Greear owned the home, and police say it was 24 year-old Brandi Jackson who died from the fire.
Now the Lake City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Steve Shaw says being a small agency with just 43 sworn officers makes this loss hard to cope with.
Moreover, Jackson had only with the agency for two months and two weeks.
The Lake City Police Department says it was the owner of the home, investigator Greear, who made the call about the fire after he escaped and asked neighbors to help.
Police were not releasing if the two officers had any kind of relationship besides being coworkers.
Grief counselors were working with officers at the Lake City Police Department as they deal with the loss...and as the Columbia County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate what started the fire and how it killed Officer Jackson.
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