Sevier Co. Sheriff asks for prayers, donations for SCSO sergeant

Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals asked for the community to pray for Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Robert Stoffle.
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT
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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals asked the community to pray for Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Robert Stoffle on Sept. 14.

According to Seals, Stoffle was hospitalized on Sept. 10 at LeConte Medical with COVID-19 and pneumonia and was in an induced coma.

”We’re just continuing to pray God will just heal him and get him out and get him back to his family,” said Seals.

Seals said everybody in the office is hoping Stoffle will overcome this virus and infection.

After 18 days, Sgt. Stoffle weaned off of sedation and from the ventilator to a tracheotomy, according to a recent release from SCSO.

”He’s a very good patrol sergeant. He’s one that you can rely on because he knows everything,” said Seals. ”He’s sort of like a staple here.”

Seals said Stoffle was in the Air Force before coming to the Sheriff’s Office where he’s been a part of the team there for 22 years.

Seals said he was unsure if Sgt. Stoffle had been vaccinated or not.

As of Sept. 30, he is currently waiting to be transferred to a long-term care facility in Knoxville for four to eight weeks.

The release said his family was totally dependent on Sgt. Stoffle.

“They are a one-income family due to raising two boys that are both non-verbal autistic and rely solely on care from both Robert and his wife,” the release said.

The release continued and said that the strain of hospitalization and future recovery needs were straining the family financially.

SCSO has asked on behalf of the family for donations to help ease the financial strain. A bank account has been set up to benefit the family, the social media post said.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so at any Smart Bank location.

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