His name was Scott T. Stewart. His End of Watch was Sunday, August 11, 2002. The Detroit police officer was only 31-years-old when he was killed. He had been a cop for five years and was an Army Veteran who served his country for six years before going into law enforcement.
Now his sister is asking for our help to save other cops lives… and all she needs are your words.
Her daughter, Jordan Arrington, is a now a graduate student at California Baptist University. She’s studying sport and performance psychology and is working on a research project on post-traumatic stress in coworkers of a line of duty deaths.
Her project was inspired by watching how her uncle’s Line of Duty Death impacted so many other officers and his friends.
Jordan has a simple request. She’s looking for police officers to complete a simple survey that they can find on this link.
She needs both officers that have been directly affected by a Line of Duty Death and those who have not directly experienced one.
Jordan understands the difficulty of her ask. Let’s face it – many cops don’t like talking about their feelings. But she wanted us to pass along that your feedback can ultimately positively impact the lives of other officers.
For those of you interested in the backstory, on August 11, 2002, Stewart was shot at close range in the head after he and two other officers came upon an outdoor party with illegal gambling.
Stewart had been planning on leaving halfway through his Saturday night shift to start a trip to his cousin’s wedding with other police officers but ended up staying on until the early morning hours.
He had just cuffed an armed and convicted felon when the man’s brother-in-law, 28-year-old Tony Townsend, snuck up behind him and shot him in the head.
Townsend was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to mandatory life in prison after just five hours of jury deliberations.
Their sister, Debbie Marcarian, later weighed in on the verdict to the media. “He got what he deserved,” she said of Tony Townsend. “But we still don’t have Scotty.”
After the verdict was handed down, the Wayne County Circuit Court judge told the jury, “If I had to decide this case myself I would have brought back exactly the same verdict. You had enough evidence to convict 10 people.”
Officer Scott Konczal was working with Stewart and chasing other suspects when they heard the shot that took Stewart’s life.
“The judge said it: The evidence was overwhelming and it’s a relief,” Konczal said after the verdict. “It took a little bit longer than we hoped, 11 months, but the wait was worth it.”
Please… take a couple of minutes to help. Fill out the survey here – it doesn’t cost a dime.
Kyle S. Reyes is the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, founder of The Whiskey Patriots and Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.