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Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Reflections for Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

This fine man and his wife were looking forward to starting a family. They had a pretty home, filled with love and happiness.

I was at the Memorial Service and the cemetery. The young photographer took a beautiful picture of the vault. He emailed a copy to me.

Later, after the engraved flat stone was laid on the gravesite, I placed a small, black S.W.A.T. vehicle on the left corner.

Today I'm thinking of Detective Dennis Stepnowski and the fact that his line of descendants stopped the day his life was stolen from him.

Dennis is in that long line of Blue Angels who watch over us here on Earth.


June 29, 2022

My brother will forgotten. little Brother. Cham.

Ret. Lt. D Chamblee Fulton CO. S.O.

July 16, 2021

Dennis will never be forgotten. We thank him for his service to his community.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

January 3, 2021

14 years and it feels like yesterday as I was talking to Dimperio and he yelled you were shot as he flew off the phone. Being trained by you was invaluable and calling you a friend spectacular. See you one day soon! Tell Ann hello!

2225 Brother in arms

June 29, 2020

In my prayers....not forgotten!

MPO MO Miller #2263
Dekalb County Police Department

June 28, 2020

Rest in peace brother and god bless your sacrifice.

Thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice so that your community can feel & be safe for another night.

July 22, 2019

“Step” - My son-in-law. A great young man and an outstanding police officer. Always in our heart

Wayne Teas

June 29, 2019

Rest in peace Detective Stepnowski.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 4, 2019

Step, you are still very much alive in my heart. You've been gone for awhile now but our earlier days working together seem so very recent. So many of our co-workers have joined you up there and I do hope you all have not created too much of a problem. Fun I know is the order of the day and Lord knows you have all earned it! Take care my brother and please watch over those still holding the thin blue line.
You only left us in sight Step. Otherwise you are still 10-7!

Ret. Det. BJ Hendricks
Dekalb county police

December 18, 2016

Step, I remember so clearly the night you were killed. All hell broke loose on every channel. One of my Sgts. called and told me it was you. 1000 moments we worked together flew by in minutes. I stood on the west deck of head quarters and watched your SWAT brothers escort you to the morgue. At your viewing I wanted so bad to hear you giggle the way you would when we were about to hit a door or chase someone. Your funeral was huge and your brother SWAT team members were right there for your family and each other. They did you proud bro! Everyone in that place knew we had not lost a co-worker but a family member. Please try to behave up there. I know Ann has shown you all around. Nine yrs away from us but always in our hearts hon! Miss and love you Step!

Ret. Det. Jane Hendricks
Dekalb county police

August 26, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

It was 9 years ago today - EOW. You are always in my heart and mind. I see you picture everyday.

Wayne Teas

June 29, 2015

Step, in my career I have motor escorted way to many LE Brothers to their final resting place but you were my last. I guess for that reason I will never forget you. I was proud to have had that honor. Rest in peace brother.

Gwinnett Co. PD Motor Cop
LE brother in arms

May 15, 2013

Step, another year has come and gone. Stumbled across this website again and looked you up. Thanks again for saving my brothers life. You are missed brother. 2151

Former DKPD Officer

January 4, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 6th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 12, 2012

Just learned of Dennis's death. I use to babysit Dennis and his sister Brandy in Schenectady, NY from 1975 to 1976. He was a cute & sweet little boy. I'm saddened to hear of his passing.

Carol M. Zakor - Babysitter

August 8, 2012

As I embark on the next journey in my life I know you are always with me , guiding me and looking out for me. I am forever grateful of what you have made me become. A strong woman that can tackle anything. You are forever in my heart and always on my mind. I love you.

Kellie Stepnowski

July 18, 2012


Nancy and I always have you in our hearts and minds. June 29th is always a hard day for us as we miss you.

We attended the dedication of the DeKalb firing range to you recently and you would be pleased.

Wayne Teas

June 29, 2012

Thinking of you and wanting you to know even after nearly 6 years, you are still so very, very missed. I had the pleasure of going to lunch with your Aunt Karyn recently. She enjoyed hearing stories about our 6th grade boy meets girl experience and our Middle School field trips.

Childhood friend from NY

June 26, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Stepnowski. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

Hey, 'ol buddy. I was just commenting to some of my troops the other day about some of the shenanigans we used to get into on morning watch in Center Precinct. You, me, Combee, Fannon, Fritch, Frost, Jenkins, Tiller, Shep....we damn sure had a good time! I still have your picture on my desk - a reminder to stay tactically smart and always ready. I miss you, brother....

Sgt. SC Sanders (Former DKPD #1730)
Cocoa (FL) PD

March 2, 2012

Another warrior has joined you Step. Officer Gail Thomas was called home. I still don't understand why God took you from us. All I can come up with is that he wants the best of the best watching over us. And you were the best of the best. I miss you friend. I miss our talks at the CDC and the old church in Avondale. I know we will meet again!!


January 26, 2012

It's been a long time since you have been gone but I haven't forgotten you yet brother. I remember you every day with my photo of you, Fannon and myself at your engagement party. As usual the big guy and me in street clothes and you in your SWAT uniform getting ready for an extra job.
We miss you and we KNOW your watching over your brothers everyday.

Lt J.M. Artime #1454
DeKalb Co Police Dept.

December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas Dennis, you are always in our minds.


December 14, 2011

Remembering you today on your anniversary.
You left us a true hero and will never be forgotten.
Rest well my friend.

Captain M. Crosby
DeKalb Fire

June 29, 2011

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