LAKE CITY, Fla. – Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning for a Lake City Police officer, who died in a house fire last week. Services for Officer Brandi Jackson will begin at 11am, at Christ Central Ministries , 217 S.W. Dyal Avenue in Lake City. That's the same church that held a viewing for Jackson Monday night.
Jackson grew up in Lake City. She was only in her mid-20s and was a mother of two. A large number of people are expected to attend her funeral.
"I would say most of the people know about it or are shocked," one Lake City resident said.
"My heart breaks for her babies," resident Faye Clark said. "It's amazing how many people know about it."
Jackson died in the fire that destroyed a west Lake City home early Thursday morning. Investigators released a statement saying there was nothing suspicious in the nature of the fire,
Since her death, the staff at the Police Department is still going to work, but at the same time is helping Jackson's family.
"It's just a very sad thought to think those two little girls don't have a mom now," Cooper said.
Shaw said the kids have been with Jackson's family, and many members of the department are also stepping in to help.
The department is also trying to help Investigator David Greear , who owned the house that caught fire.
Investigators say Greear and Jackson were sleeping in separate parts of the house, and he tried to extinguish the fire, and when that failed, he went to the back of the house where Jackson was sleeping.
Greear said they were both attempting to make it through the house filled with smoke. Greear made it out, went to a neighbor's home to get help. Jackson, being unfamiliar with the home, became disoriented and didn't make it out.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the state fire marshal, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney's office are all still investigating.
"At this time, this appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
A memorial fund has been set up at First Federal Bank in honor of Jackson. If you would like to contribute to the fund, you may do so at any First Federal Savings and Loan bank. The memorial fund is "Brandi Jackson Memorial Fund."