Sergeant Steve Decker was nominated to be a “Most Valuable Citizen” by his lifelong friend Dr. James Coleman.

Sgt. Decker has served in the Watkins Glen Police Department for over 20 years, but he knew he wanted to join the force when he was just a junior in high school. 

For the last few years, he has been the only supervisor in the department. That means he’s on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, and serves as the “go-to” for the younger members in the force. It’s a call he’s answered diligently, according to Dr. Coleman, who also serves under Sgt. Decker as a part-time police officer.

“He’s the epitome of selfless service,” Dr. Coleman said. “He doesn’t like to seek the limelight, he doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. He does a lot of his work behind the scenes and people have no idea how much work he puts into this community.”

“I’m humbled, I appreciate it and it makes me feel good that other people realize what I do and how much I put into this job,” Sgt. Decker said. 

The sergeant’s dedication to serving his community has also had a direct impact on school safety. He doubled the amount of school resource officers in Watkins Central School.

Outside of his work for the police department, Sgt. Decker coaches the girls’ varsity golf team for the school, and has coached them to the state championships several times.

“In the long run we’re here to serve our community and everything we do here benefits our community,” Sgt. Decker said. “I always want our department to show a positive side to the village and to the residents here and want them to be put in a positive light.”

“I think a lot of people around here realize, we’re here to help, and that’s because of his leadership,” Dr. Coleman said.

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