Ballwin, MO – Ballwin Police Department (BPD) Officer Steven “Steve” Morrison died unexpectedly at his home while off-duty on March 2, according to his department.
The 59-year-old officer’s exact cause of death was not released.
“It is with our heaviest hearts that the Ballwin Police Department announces the passing of Police Officer Steve Morrison, DSN 182,” the BPD said in a Facebook post the following day.
Officer Morrison served the BPD for 35 years.
“As an agency, we are grieving,” the BPD said. “Officer Morrison was a pillar within the department and community. Our most heartfelt condolences go to his loving family as he leaves behind many who will greatly miss Steve. Please allow his family time and space to grieve.”
BPD Sergeant Rob Rodgers said Officer Morrison had the ability to communicate well with people, regardless of the situation, KTVI reported.
“He had an incredible sense of humor,” Sgt. Rodgers said. “Throughout his career, his legacy has been passed on to officers like myself and many others who trained with him.”
Officer Morrison spent time serving as a patrol officer, D.A.R.E. officer, and field training officer, among other roles, KTVI reported.
His death has hit the BPD hard, Sgt. Rodgers said.
“As police officers, we deal with tragedy a lot, but it really hits home when it’s one of our own,” he told KTVI.
Officer Morrison leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Linda, as well as his son, Aaron, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his mother, brother, and other beloved family members.
Officer Morrison will be laid to rest on March 15.
Our prayers are with the family of Officer Morrison and the Ballwin Police
Department during this difficult time 🖤💙🖤 pic.twitter.com/VcueDJ7gYO
— St. Louis Police Wives Association (@StlPoliceWives) March 4, 2022
We have a heavy heart as we learned of the passing of Ballwin Police Officer Steve Morrison, who passed away unexpectedly. Officer Morrison dedicated 35 years of service of the Ballwin Community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fellow Officers. pic.twitter.com/qhQuQf1AIF
— Town and Country Police Department (@townNcountrypd) March 3, 2022
Thanks to the 3rd graders at Ballwin Elementary for inviting us to their career day yesterday! Officer Morrison had a great time getting to speak about a career in Law Enforcement with some great students. #ballwin #communitypolicing #lawenforcement pic.twitter.com/PXApYN9s4q
— Ballwin Police Dept (@BallwinPolice) April 4, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ballwin Police Department Officer Steven “Steve” Morrison, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.