Assistance to Woman in Need Earns Officer Award

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Assistance to Woman in Need Earns Officer Award

Posted: 03/08/2017
Mayor, Frazier, ChiefKnoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Chief David Rausch today named Knoxville Police Department Officer Steve Frazier the October Officer of the Month for the Knoxville Police Department.  Officer Frazier has been with KPD since January 1997.

While working in the downtown area, multiple calls were received in regards to a disabled homeless female on Market Square.  The female was confined to a motorized chair and was unable to care for herself.  The female had no means of getting the motorized wheelchair repaired.  She was left stranded and upset.  Officer Frazier noticed her and immediately began to assist.  He made several phone calls and found a repair company that would respond downtown to assist with repairs.  After the incident, Officer Frazier realized the condition this female was in both physically and mentally. She was living day and night in the Market Square area.  Most of the time she would be sitting in her own urine.  Officer Frazier began to reach out to other services such as Adult Protected Services, KARM, and Helen Ross McNabb in hopes of finding assistance for this female.  

Officer Frazier's efforts initially failed. He maintained his persistency and continued to reach out for assistance. He worked on this matter on and off duty for weeks. Finally, Officer Frazier received a call from a representative of Helen Ross McNabb. He was advised that housing had been located for this female in the Fountain City area. 

Chief Rausch said, “Officer Frazier’s efforts played a vital part in obtaining housing and saving this female from the streets. His compassion, persistency and dedication to serve went beyond the normal expectations of his duties.”

Click here to view a listing of KPD award winners.