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Officer Gordon Lewis Canton Police Department, Michigan


Gordon Lewis "Lew" Stevens

Canton Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 126

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Stevens was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind while stopped on a dirt service road next to Michigan Avenue and Lotz Road.

The officer was investigating a suspicious vehicle parked nearby in tall grass at 1615 hours. He had just returned to his patrol car when another car, where the driver was speeding down the dirt road, went airborne and collided into his car. The collision caused his patrol car to roll over, partially ejecting him. Officer Stevens was transported to Oakwood Annapolis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver and passenger in the other car were seriously injured. The driver was charged with murder in connection with the incident, but was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison.

Officer Stevens had been a full-time officer with the Canton Police Department for 25 years, and served as a reserve officer for an additional two years.

He is survived by his wife.

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Lew was one of the most carring officers I've known. He called me one early morning (approx 2am) to come and talk to a Viet Nam vet that was drunk and had problems. I went and met them where Lew had pulled him over on a traffic stop. After talking with this vet I dx him with PTSD and had him admitted to the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center for treatment. Lew was a roll model for others to follow....I think of him often and miss him.
It was one of the hardest funeral services to hold due to all that happen to this GREAT officer. I will never forget him and his service to others.

Chaplain E. Wayne Byrum
Chaplain, Canton Police Dept
July 25, 2012


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