Union, Grainger county officer killed in early morning crash

Union, Grainger county officer killed in early morning crash

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Andrew Davidson (source:Facebook) Andrew Davidson (source:Facebook)
Davidson was also a volunteer firefighter for the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department. Davidson was also a volunteer firefighter for the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department.
The sign outside Claiborne High School Wednesday read, "We Miss You Andrew." The sign outside Claiborne High School Wednesday read, "We Miss You Andrew."
Officials at the scene say the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. near the 6300 block of Maynardville Highway. Officials at the scene say the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. near the 6300 block of Maynardville Highway.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - An officer with the Grainger County and Union County sheriff's departments was killed in a crash on Maynardville Highway early Wednesday morning.

THP says Andrew Davidson, 18, was on his way home from a shift with the Union County Sheriff's Department when his motorcycle crossed the double yellow line and collided with a semi-truck around 2:30 am.

Flags across Union and Claiborne counties were at half-staff Wednesday as the entire community mourned the loss of Davidson.

Davidson was just 18 years old, but had already dedicated his life to law enforcement, following in his father's footsteps.

"I think the community as a whole is going to mourn his death, the law enforcement as a whole, there's not an officer that's not stricken," said Sgt. Donnie Shipley of the Maynardville Police Department.

Sgt. Shipley was one of the advisors for the Explorer program of which Davidson was a part. Davidson had connections to multiple agencies, serving as a corrections officer for the Grainger County Sheriff's Department and was training to be a reserve officer with Union County Sheriff's Department.

"He was raised in law enforcement. He loved it dearly. It was his passion," said Sgt. Shipley.

Davidson was also a volunteer firefighter for the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department. His father is the chief there and Sgt. Shipley said he was proud to follow in his father's footsteps.

"He was second generation law enforcement. He had a passion for people and serving the community," he said.

His death is a loss felt by coworkers and friends.

"It's honestly hard for me to accept," said friend Michael Daniels.

Daniels and Davidson attended Claiborne High School together. The sign outside the school Wednesday read, "We Miss You Andrew."

"It was just yesterday. It was crazy. I played basketball with him yesterday. It was the last time I saw him," said Daniels in disbelief.

His fellow Union County Sheriff's Department officers were first on the scene of the accident in a sharp turn on Maynardville Highway. THP says speed was a factor.

"Two of the officers, they had just left him, were the first on the scene. That's a really hard thing to deal with," said Sgt. Shipley.

A cross and flowers now mark the spot where Davidson lost his life. On social media, law enforcement from multiple agencies are sharing a photo of a badge with Davidson's face in honor of his life and legacy.

"I think it speaks greatly of Andrew and the image he left on this community, what he's left in people's hearts," said Sgt. Shipley. "He was a great young man that had an exceptional law enforcement career ahead of him."

Funeral arraignments are pending.

The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt.

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