Twenty-seven years ago today, Corrections Officer Fred F. House was shot and killed during a standoff at the Singer Farm near Marion, Utah.
House was shot as he attempted to get his K-9 to subdue an individual outside the home, hoping to end a standoff that had dragged on for 13 days. As House directed his dog, one of the individuals barricaded in the home fired a rifle. A bullet struck House in the chest, penetrating his body armor. Those in the home subsequently surrendered and later served federal sentences for their actions that day.
House, who was 35 and had nearly 15 years with the Department, is survived by his wife Ann and children Seth, Janneke and Christine. His brother Tom is a financial analyst for the Department.
Fred was a consummate professional who remains loved and respected by those who knew him and still work in Corrections. Last May, R. Douglas Dumbrill, a Wyoming municipal court judge, wrote a tribute to Fred on the Officer Down Memorial Page noting his ongoing influence on others. “Your influence on my life and the lives of many others would surprise you,” Dumbrill wrote. “I never do a Bassai kata when you don’t come to mine.”
Fred had a black belt in karate.
The Training Academy building on Minuteman Drive was renamed in Fred’s honor six months after his death. During his remarks during that ceremony, Gary W. DeLand, then the Department’s executive director, said that Fred “knew where duty was and where responsibility was” and said he hoped the building would stand for the dedication and service of all law enforcement officers — given willingly despite the risk.
Today we can say it does.