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Steven went in to the Army right out of high school at the age of 17. He celebrated his 18th birthday during basic training at Ft. Benning, GA. He told us he wanted to be in the infantry, which concerned us as Steve was not involved in sports, not an active person. He loved Drama, and we told him he would have to get up early and be physical. He was all for this. We gave our blessing and saw our oldest child off. Steve was a veteran of Desert Storm and came back changed. He opted for civilian world for about a little over a year and found he missed the Army.
He was sent to Ft. Lewis, WA, where he met the love of his life and 3 wonderful children. He and his wife, Deb had their daughter, Sarrah Bridges.
As a squad leader, he took care of his squad. We had the pleasure to meet most of them when we went up to see him off to Iraq. During their first mission, in their Stryker, they were on a canal when the Stryker in front of them rolled. Right after that, Steve's rolled also. Steve promised to keep his squad safe and he did by staying his post in the turret, they had time to buckle in and hold on.
We miss him but we are also very proud of the man he was, the father, husband and son he became.