Community mourns passing of Stephenville Police Sgt. Steven Watts. ‘We need your continued prayers.

Updated: Apr 28


Patrol Sgt. Steven Watts

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Steven Watts, a patrol sergeant with the Stephenville Police Department, slipped peacefully away Monday afternoon surrounded by his family and fellow officers.


It was the outcome no one could have ever imagined when the 53-year-old Watts checked into a hospital last Friday after feeling ill all week.

When his condition began to deteriorate on Saturday, Watts was transported by air to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where it was discovered that he had an infection in the lining of his heart.


He underwent open heart surgery and was given dozens of units of blood, then slipped into a coma.

After additional testing showed no brain activity, the family made the difficult decision to take him off life support on Monday.


“Today we lost one of the best police officers who has ever served and protected,” Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris told Beneath the Surface News. “Steven Watts was the kind of officer we all strive to be. His loss is absolutely devastating to his family, our department and our community.

“The outpouring of love and support from our great city is a testament to the life of service he lived. We need your continued prayers.”


Watts was a 25-year veteran of the police department and served in the U.S. Army.


An account benefiting his family has been set up at First Financial Bank in Stephenville.


There is also a GoFundMe page that can be accessed by clicking here.