Steven Campbell, our new Security Supervisor, was a police officer in Washington, D.C for 12 years. He handled patrol duties, answered a variety of 911 calls for service, and assisted with traffic control, and security for the Presidential motorcade. He relocated to Georgia two years ago and decided to switch from policing to firefighting. He is currently a firefighter with DeKalb County where he is involved in managing emergency calls including but not limited to medical calls and structural fires. Additionally, with his career change, he also became a certified EMT and enjoys the medical side of helping people and plans to continue his education in this field by becoming a medic.
That’s what he “does”, but who is “he”?
Steven likes to spend time with his family and friends, riding motorcycles, hiking, and lifting weights. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. This area is also known as Westchester County and 20 minutes outside of NYC. Some of Steve’s favorite childhood memories are attending sporting events such as NY Yankees and NY Knicks games with his dad. He played a lot of organized sports(football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse) as a youngster.
Steven’s 15-minutes of fame came from saving a woman’s life. While he was a part of the police force in D.C., he was sitting inside my patrol car on his lunch break in Anacostia Park and observed a car speed by, jump the curb, and plunge into the Anacostia river. Steve immediately called for Harbor patrol and police backup. While trying to figure out a plan of action to get to the car in the river, a small boat with two construction workers who had been working on the nearby bridge approached. Steve hitched a ride on the small boat, got to the submerging vehicle, and broke out the back window as it was going under the water. Then the vehicle fully disappeared. A moment later a female came up from under the water. Steven pulled her into the boat and saved her life. Later on, it was discovered that the woman had a medical emergency and passed out while driving. She stated the water coming in from the broken back window woke her up. Steven received a life-saving medal from his police department. He says, “it felt good to help save this individual. It seems like I was always in the right place at the right time as a police officer to always be involved with these situations.”
Steven looks forward to bringing his police, fire, and EMT skillsets all together to help best serve the members of PHP. Please join us in welcoming Steven to our team.