NCTC scholarship in honor of former police chief

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GAINESVILLE, TX - A scholarship fund is being set up in honor of former Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming.

It's been nearly seven months since former Gainesville Police
Chief Steven Fleming passed away. Since then, the community has gathered together to support his family and honor his name.

Now the legacy of Fleming will continue on by a scholarship in his name established at North Central Texas College.

"It was just like any other day. It was a Friday. We got ready for work and school like we always do," said Kim Fleming, Steven's widow.

What started out as a routine day last October, quickly changed for the worse after Gainesville police officers arrived at Kim Fleming's work.

"They came to my school mid-morning, about 10 or 10:15. I knew something was wrong," said Kim.

Chief Fleming was working in the department evidence room when he fell from a ladder, sending him to the hospital. He died from his injuries a week later.

"It's difficult some days just to get up and go forward. But it's the right thing. it's what I have to do," said Kim.

Since then the Gainesville community has honored Steven Fleming by rededicating the Safety Center in his name.

Now a Memorial Scholarship has been set up in his name at N.C.T.C. to help students in the community.

"We decided it would be something that would be a great thing. Honor his memory and also continue on helping others because that's what he's always done, helped others," said Kim.

Kim setup the scholarship with the help of the Police Officers Association. The scholarship will go to a student majoring in Criminal Justice with preference given to applicants from Cooke County.

"Makes us a little more comforting in knowing that something good is going to come of this," said Kim.

N.C.T.C. has also agreed to allow for a second scholarship to be endowed in memory of Steven Fleming.

"Ms. Fleming and her daughter established a second scholarship, 4H, in Steven's name. I think that's a little more open to students in different areas of study," said Eddie Hadlock, president of N.C.T.C.

Kim said her husband was always lending a hand whenever someone needed it. The scholarships are a way to make sure his memory lives on.

"So I feel like it's the right thing to do and Steven would be honored with that," said Kim.

Donations are being accepted for the Steven Fleming Memorial Scholarship. They can be made at any First State Bank location or the city's Public Safety Center.

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