Cobb County Government

Sergeant Steven Matthew Reeves 1964-1999

Sergeant Steven Matthew "Steve" Reeves was born January 16, 1964, in Denver, Colorado. Moving to the Atlanta area at a young age, he attended Douglas County High School before graduating from the Cobb County School system in 1983. Steve joined the Cobb County Police Department on June 27, 1985. He was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau Precinct 3.

Steve was a member of the Army National Guard serving in the 20th Special Forces Group. In 1989, Steve was selected to be a member of the prestigious Cobb County Police Department SWAT Team. In 1991, Steve was awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor for placing himself at risk to save the life of another officer during an encounter with an armed car thief. In 1992 Steve, along with seven other officers were selected as the first members of the newly formed Tactical Team.

On July 23, 1999, Steve the supervisor of the SWAT entry team was tasked to perform a hostage rescue. The suspect, Greg Smith, had already shot one police officer and would not negotiate with the crisis negotiation team. Upon entry to the residence the SWAT Team came under heavy gunfire at which time Steve was fatally wounded. Officer Stephen Gilner was also killed during this same action. Approximately 16 hours after the situation began a Cobb County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team Marksmen killed the suspect, and the female hostage was freed unharmed.

The Cobb County Police Department posthumously awarded Steve his second Medal of Valor for his heroic actions. Steve personified the term hero and will never be forgotten by the many fortunate people that called him friend. A day does not pass that he is not remembered and deeply missed.