Deputy Sheriff Steven Edward Parsons

Deputy Sheriff Steven Edward Parsons

Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 24, 2000

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Steven Edward Parsons

Deputy Steven Parsons died five days after being involved in a traffic collision while driving his police motorcycle.

Deputy Parsons was traveling through an intersection when another vehicle ran a red light, striking him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition before passing away. He had been employed with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for 11 years, and is survived by his wife, six year old daughter, three year old son, parents, and sister.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Monday, June 19, 2000

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I was the first unit on scene. I was there within 45 seconds of the call. There was a nurse on scene who witnessed the t/c and was checking his pulse when I rolled up. He died at least once while I was there but his heart restarted. Steve was unresponsive and in the midst of seizures due to his injuries. I called dispatch to make sure 91 (paramedics) were enroute and one of the witnesses suggested to cut off Steve’s uniform to make it faster for the paramedics to care for him. So I did. I shoulda thought of it but my brain was locked up. It did not help unfortunately. He officially died 5 days later. I did not go to his funeral and I feel like shit still. I shoulda been able to save him but I couldn’t. It blows. Nobody ever said anything to me or asked me about the incident. But a bunch of people stepped up and acted like they cared and acted like they knew what happened, but they didn’t and don’t. They were not there. They didn’t cut Steve’s uniform off with their knife worrying they might accidentally cut him (I didn’t) while I was shaking uncontrollably because my friend was dying in front of me. It is now 2019 and I still cry when I think about it.

Christopher Beuler

November 1, 2019

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