Port St. Lucie, FL – Port St. Lucie Police Officer Steven Brown died in the line of duty on June 12, after suffering a fatal heart attack while leading the department’s police camp.
The 40-year-old officer had just completed his third day as leader of the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League’s Police Camp, which was part of his summertime duties as a school resource officer, the department said in a Facebook post.
“The camp involved three days of strenuous outdoor activities including an obstacle course at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum,” the agency’s post read. “Officer Brown collapsed after returning home at the end of his shift.”
He was rushed to Cleveland Clinic-Indian River Hospital, where he passed away, the Treasure Coast Palm reported.
Officer Brown, a 14-year veteran-of-the-force, served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and field training officer at various points during his career, according to his obituary.
He also coordinated the Florida Police and Fire Games, and was a member of the gang investigation unit and the Treasure Coast Intervention Team.
Officer Brown served his community proudly, and was involved in a multitude of youth-centered programs.
A fundraising campaign established to help Officer Brown’s family in the wake of his sudden death has raised over $9,700.
“Steve was a highly motivated officer, whose passion was children and improving the quality of life for those who needed it most,” the fundraising page read. “His positive attitude and willingness to help with whatever needed to get done will be greatly missed.”
Officer Brown leaves behind his wife, Maria, as well as his children, Nicholas and Isabella, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Officer Brown’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Port St. Lucie Police Officer Steven Brown, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.