Steve Hess Honored by Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Coach Steve Hess was honored by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in June as Citizen of the Year


Chief Performance Officer, Steve Hess, was honored by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on June 20 and named citizen of the year. We are honored to call someone like Steve the leader of our team. 

Steve was nominated by members of the Douglas County SWAT team after he stepped in to train one of their own completely free of charge. One of the SWAT Deputies was shot and seriously injured in a New Year's Eve shootout in 2017. After struggling to return to work and re-injuring himself when he attempted to train on his own, the injured deputy was referred to Coach Hess by another Douglas County Officer already training with him. 

Steve was able to work with the injured deputy to help him regain his strength, train around his injuries and come back to work stronger than ever before. After two months of working together, Steve invited the rest of the SWAT team to train with him. For the past month Steve has been training the SWAT team for free at the Institute - this is his way of giving back to the members of our community who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. 

Many of the SWAT team that trains with Steve came out to present this prestigious award at the end of June. For more information about the award, the deputy or to see the presentation you can view the full story on KDVR. 

Michele Bergh