A native of Stephenville and former law enforcement officer with the local police and sheriff’s departments recently received the second-highest award bestowed upon policemen.

On Feb. 7, Detective Stephen Davis, a 12-year veteran of the Grand Prairie Police Department, received the Police Medal of Valor from Chief of Police Glen Hill, during a ceremony at Bowles Life Center.

The Police Medal of Valor is awarded to officers who exhibit exceptional bravery during times of imminent risk of serious bodily injury.

Davis was awarded the Police Medal of Valor for action taken while pursuing and apprehending an individual suspected in multiple armed robberies in the city of Grand Prairie. Although the suspect repeatedly fired a gun at Davis, the officer continued to pursue the wanted man on foot, eventually shooting and fatally wounding the suspect.

The son of Beverly and Rodney Davis, of Stephenville, the detective began his career in law enforcement in Erath County.

Detective Davis is a 1986 graduate of Stephenville High School and a 1990 graduate of Tarleton State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business.

Prior to joining the Grand Prairie Police Department, Davis served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps as a lieutenant with the 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, from 1991-92.

Davis served as a reserve deputy with the Erath County Sheriff’s Department while a senior at Tarleton, launching his nearly 20-year career in law enforcement.

In 1992, he joined the Stephenville Police Department as a patrol officer, serving the city for nearly three years before accepting a position in the metroplex.

Since joining the Grand Prairie Police Department, Davis has spent five years with the agency’s SWAT team and three years with the department’s narcotic, organized crime and vice investigations. He also has served as a field training officer and police instructor, as well as an acting supervisor for the GPPD’s patrol division. Most recently, Davis was assigned to the GPPD gang investigations unit.