Mt. Juliet Police Mourning the Loss of Beloved Civilian Employee & Community Service Volunteer

Funeral Arrangements Update:


The escort will leave Bond Memorial Funeral Home at Weston Drive at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday, January 9th, travel north to Lebanon Road and then travel west on Lebanon Road to the St. Stephen Catholic Community church. The community is invited to stand roadside to honor Steve Stepaniak and his service to the Mt. Juliet community.

Escort Route Map:

Visitation: Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Mass: Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 a.m.

Location for Visitation and Funeral Mass will be at St. Stephen’s Catholic Community church at 14544 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, TN 37138. For those who plan to attend, mask use is mandatory.

The funeral Mass will be live-streamed on the St. Stephen Facebook page:

Original Release:

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department suffered a heartbreaking loss overnight. Investigative Division civilian assistant, Steve Stepaniak, was found deceased at his Mt. Juliet residence this morning by his wife. Steve was 70-years-old and served as an employee in the Investigative Division as an administrative assistant and volunteered as a Community Service Officer. Before becoming an employee, he volunteered through the Department’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni program. He was honored as Civilian of the Year for 2019 and is a proud Veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Steve Stepaniak

“Steve was a great man who cared deeply about his family, community, and police department. He gave more than was ever expected in his paid role and volunteer role, and he loved helping others and serving the community. We will miss the joy and laughter his presence brought to any room,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our hearts and support are with his family, and we are ensuring they receive whatever support is needed.”

Before his passing, Steve was experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, and no further investigation is necessary. Details on funeral arrangements have not been finalized.