It's been nice to read the personal accounts from others in this thread, and as sad as it is that Steve is gone, it still brings a smile to my face to hear these stories.
I'm not sure if I've written about this next story on the site before, but I'll tell it anyway.
In late Dec of 2011, Steve and I were driving back from our trip of Pigeon & Turret. Somewhere between Blanca and Fort Garland that night, we came upon a car accident where a truck had gone off the road, and appeared to have rolled at least once. It was sitting perpendicular to the road, but off the side of the road and other cars were stopped on the scene, but no police or first responders yet. The driver had fallen asleep and veered off the road then over-corrected or something is what was figured later on.
Steve was driving and he pulled over and we went to see if there was anything we could do. (I personally probably would not have stopped since others were on the scene.
Steve went up to the driver's smashed window and spoke with the female driver as she was still sitting in there. I think her door might have been damaged and possibly couldn't open. She was scared, and had an arm injury and was feeling cold. Steve immediately went to the passenger side and tried to open the door but it wouldn't open (and found it later it was locked) so he climbed through the broken window so he could sit next to her to comfort her! He then asked me to go to the car and get our down coats to place on her to help keep her warm.
He sat with her and held her hand until first responders arrived, which is when it was discovered the passenger door could open!
Steve spoke with the police as well. As did others onsite, who witnessed the accident.
After a long day we had, hiking down the tracks from Needleton to the Cascade Wye to catch the train, and then to start our late drive back to Pueblo West to Steve's house, this extended our day, but Steve would have it no other way! I had always admired Steve for so many things, and this was just one more of his attributes as a beautiful human....very real down to Earth caring and compassionate moments that were so much a part of who he was, as many here had witnessed over time as well.
I miss you Steve, but I'm glad I knew you and had moments like that to think back on and smile. I wish I were half the man he was.