Gainesville Daily Register

November 2, 2013

Fleming, police chief, dies at 44

Staff Report

Gainesville — Staff report

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officials have confirmed the death of Chief Steven Fleming, 44, who died Friday afternoon under medical care following injuries sustained in a fall on Oct. 25.

Funeral arrangements are pending. GPD Public Information Officer Belva McClinton reported that Fleming, who fell while on duty, had served the city department for 22 years.

“We would like to extend our prayers and condolences to Steven’s family,” McClinton said.

Fleming served the department for 22 years. He started his career with the City of Gainesville in 1991, as a police officer, and advanced to corporal in 1997. One year later, McClinton said, Fleming earned the rank of sergeant — followed by promotions to captain in 2003, and police chief in 2008.

McClinton added that the officer spent most of his adult life in service to Gainesville residents and had a true heart for it.

“He was comfortable directing the police department through major natural disasters as well as helping fellow employees move barricades at parades,” she said. “His mission was to provide for the needs of his community, no matter how large or small the task.”

Fleming, McClinton added, will be remembered most for his repeated examples of integrity.

“He saw the world in black and white,” she said. “It was either right or wrong. He demanded accountability from his officers and himself.”