Deputy killed in motorcycle accident laid to rest

Deputy killed in motorcycle accident laid to rest

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Friends and family were in attendance along with countless firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies from several area counties. Friends and family were in attendance along with countless firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies from several area counties.
18-year-old Andrew Davidson was killed Wednesday, April 2 when his motorcycle crossed the center line of Maynardville Highway, hitting a semi-truck head on. 18-year-old Andrew Davidson was killed Wednesday, April 2 when his motorcycle crossed the center line of Maynardville Highway, hitting a semi-truck head on.
Davidson's fellow deputies and firefighters stood in salute as his casket was carried out following the funeral. Davidson's fellow deputies and firefighters stood in salute as his casket was carried out following the funeral.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - Law enforcement officials turned out in Claiborne County Sunday to remember a young deputy who recently lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

18-year-old Andrew Davidson was killed Wednesday, April 2 when his motorcycle crossed the center line of Maynardville Highway, hitting a semi-truck head on.

THP says he was driving home from his shift at the Union County Sheriff's Department.

Hundreds of people filled Claiborne High School's auditorium Sunday for Davidson's funeral.

"He is going to be missed so very much," said Liann Schmidt, a former classmate of Davidson's. "He was a really good friend to me."

Friends and family were in attendance along with countless firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies from several area counties.

"It's a true testament to Andrew and the way he was and the way that he lived. There's people from all over," said Byron Banks, deputy chief with the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department.

Davidson was only 18 but had already dedicated his life to law enforcement.

He was a corrections officer with the Grainger County Sheriff's Office, a Union County Sheriff's Office reserve officer and a volunteer firefighter with the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department.

Davidson's fellow deputies and firefighters stood in salute as his casket was carried out following the funeral.

"This is our way of honoring the dedicated service that he has given to the community and to his fellow brothers and sisters," said Banks.

"That is a bond that'll never be broken," said Banks.

Being in law enforcement was Davidson's lifelong passion, and though his life was cut short, his service will never be forgotten.

The Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department has now dedicated one of their firetrucks to Davidson's memory, which carried his casket from the high school to the cemetery.

"He didn't get to fulfill all of his dreams yet, but what he did, he fulfilled as much as he could," said Schmidt.

"When you realize what a truly caring and loving person that he was, he is going to be sorely missed," said Banks.

Davidson's father is the chief of the Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department.

His friends and fellow law enforcement officials say he had wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.

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