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Photo/Pickens Fire Marshal “If I start thinking about it too much it starts to hurt, but you can’t wallow in that,” said David Ray Logan, Jr. who heard his own address come across the radio as being on fire while he was on duty.

Home of police officer on duty destroyed in Easter blaze

GoFundMe fundraiser set up for officer

            An early morning blaze on Easter Sunday destroyed a Jasper Police officer’s home and all of his belongings, including a few vehicles. 

            The officer, David Ray Logan Jr., was not home on Cherokee Forest Park Drive at the time of the fire. He left at around 4:30 p.m. the day before to work the night shift and heard the call come in over the scanner while on duty.

            “At first I heard the street name and I thought it was one of my neighbors and I felt so bad for them, then I heard the 486 address and realized it was my house,” Logan said.

            Logan went to the scene immediately, arriving just a couple minutes after the fire trucks. He said his home was fully engulfed at that time.

            “Thank goodness my daughter wasn’t with me that weekend so she wasn’t there,” he said.

            In addition to the house being a total loss, two vehicles were destroyed and his daughter’s first car and two trailers were damaged.

            “If I start thinking about it too much it starts to hurt, but you can’t wallow in that,” he said. “I’m really just sad for my daughter. I want to get things back to normal for her.”

            Logan has been staying with his parents and just got word from his insurance company that he was approved for long-term rent while the house is rebuilt, which will be a long process. Logan lost everything but the belongings he had on him.

            Logan’s sister-in-law has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to help him get back on his feet.

             “No one was at the residence at the time of the fire luckily but the devastation of losing everything along with the house he’s worked so hard for is a total loss,” Jessica Reed writes in the GoFundMe page “Help Raise Money for My Brother in Law David Logan.” 

            Jasper Police Chief Matt Dawkins said their department is also working to organize something to help raise money for the officer.

            “This is a hard time for the officer and his police department family is doing everything we can to help him through these hard times,” Dawkins said. “We ask that the public keep this officer in their thoughts and prayers.”

            Logan had worked with the Jasper Police Department for around one month. Before that he worked for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

            Pickens Fire Marshal Shane Callahan said the cause of the fire has not been determined, but that electrical issues are suspected. The case is under investigation.


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