Steve Norris

Cedarville Stories Podcast: Making an Arrest on COVID-19

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by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

As a local police officer, firefighter, and EMT, Steve Norris has been in the middle of some rough situations. Making an arrest during a bar fight? Check. Entering a burning building? Check. Running after a man with a weapon? Check.

But how about arresting COVID-19 with his own blood? Check!

Norris is a 2001 criminal justice and 2020 Master of Ministry alumnus from Cedarville. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. After he recovered, he learned there was a local cardiologist who needed coronavirus convalescent plasma to help him fight the dangerous virus. Just like in his role serving the public, Norris knew what he had to do and became one of the first people in the Miami Valley to donate. His plasma was not a match for the sick doctor, but it was used to help a different patient.

Norris’ faith in Jesus Christ informs his public service. And the same faith moved him to donate. Giving plasma to help those impacted by this deadly pandemic comes from a heart that longs to reflect the love that Jesus has for him.

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Steve was one of the first people in the Dayton, Ohio, area to donate coronavirus convalescent plasma (CCP) to the Community Blood Center’s CCP-collection program.

When Steve came to Cedarville as an undergrad, he wasn’t sure what major he should choose, but once he landed on the criminal justice program, he knew he found his career calling.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Master of Ministry and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.