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Hero Down: Carrollton Police Officer Steve Nothem Killed By Motorist During DWI Investigation

Carrollton, TX – Carrollton Police Department Officer Steve Nothem was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday night while he was backing up another officer who was conducting a stop on a suspected drunk driver.

The Carrollton Police Department said Officer Nothem was “backing up” another officer in a DWI investigation on the westbound side of the President George Bush Turnpike “when he was hit by a passing driver” just before 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, NBC News reported.

Officer Nothem was inside of his vehicle when the other driver crashed into him.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Nothem – later identified as 82-year-old Phillip Parker – was pronounced dead at the scene, KETK reported.

Officer Nothem was transported to a hospital in Plano where he was pronounced dead.

The fallen hero joined the Carrollton Police Department in March of 2020 after serving four years as a police officer in Wisconsin, KETK reported.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

Prior to entering law enforcement, Officer Nothem served as U.S. Marine, according to KETK.

“We lost a beloved officer in the line of duty overnight,” Carrollton police said in a statement. “We are devastated by the loss of our favorite Wisconsin transplant, but we are comforted by the everlasting memories we have of his goofy demeanor, kind heart, and unforgettable Wisconsin accent on our radios.”

Officer Nothem was the first line-of-duty death for the police department, KETK reported.

Police department officials said the cause of the crash that led to the hero’s death was still under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Carrollton Police Department Officer Steve Nothem, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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