Steve, a former Army corporal with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, received a Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest medal in the U.S. military) for his actions during a firefight in Mosul, Iraq in 2005. At the start of the firefight, several Americans were seriously injured and trapped in an insurgent safe-house. Sanford helped evacuate several injured soldiers out of the building, running into the building several times and providing suppressive fire as others carried the injured troops out. After a sniper in the building hit a friend of his named Chris with a devastating shot to the neck, Steve ran into the sniper’s line of fire to try to save his fallen buddy. Steve performed CPR in a desperate attempt to save Chris’s life, as the sniper shot at him multiple times at very close range. The sniper eventually hit Steve with a debilitating shot to the upper thigh. Steve then killed the sniper before passing out from blood loss.
Steve later retired from the Army due to the injuries he suffered in the firefight. He was hired by a Michigan police department as a Reserve Police Officer and recently finished training. He lives happily with his family, hunting monsters with his son and playing with his two dogs. In his free time, he reads voraciously, and enjoys shooting and hunting. He also builds rifles and makes ballistic armoring systems in his garage, especially after discovering that some ballistic experiments should really not be conducted in a basement, as it is nearly impossible to clean red Jell-o off of a ceiling. That experiment also revealed that Steve has an extraordinarily patient fiancée who does not wonder why there is red Jell-o on the ceiling.