IFC Chair, John McLaughlin, brings on Officer Greg Stevens (retired) for this installment of IFC’s Warrior Wednesday.
“You don’t get to choose the moment, the moment chooses you.” Those words are from Officer Greg Stevens, now retired from the Garland, Texas police department. Stevens is credited with stopping the first ISIS attack on American soil in May of 2015, saving dozens of lives at a “Draw the Prophet Mohammed” event held at the Curtiss Culwell Center in Garland.
Stevens engaged two terrorists, who jumped out of an approaching vehicle near the event’s VIP entrance where the officer had been stationed for the day. The two Arizona men, with ties to the terror group ISIS, opened fire with AK-47 rifles on Officer Stevens and an unarmed security guard from a distance of 30 feet.
Armed only with his .45 caliber Glock duty pistol, Stevens’ lifetime of firearms training took over and he returned fire while closing distance on the first suspect then turning to engage suspect number two. In less than 15 seconds both attackers were down and would succumb to their injuries. Officer Stevens was not injured in the gunfight, while the security guard was struck in the leg but recovered from his injury. Stevens will share his story of faith under fire and encourage Second Amendment advocates in Iowa that carrying a firearm comes with the moral obligation to seek good training “in case the moment chooses you.”
For his heroic action, Stevens was awarded the Presidential Medal of Valor. He will be joined by another Texas hero in speaking in the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol on February 24th during the IFC’s Second Amendment Day which runs 2-4 p.m. Steven Willeford of Sutherland Springs will share how he used decades of training and his AR-15 rifle in stopping the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history.