In 2015, then Corporal R. Stevenson, experienced a new calling on his heart to find a way to ease some of the fears and stresses that career minded first responders face in their high-risk professional environment. Stevenson got together with two of his fellow officers Warren Tillman and Joseph Tabaniag, who also felt called to this mission.
Robby M. Stevenson, grew up in a low income suburban family in the City of DeSoto, Dallas County, Texas during the inflation years of the 70’s and the construction market collapse of the 80’s. Stevenson experienced his family’s financial struggles and the stresses it placed on his parents. At the age of 14 with the fear of God and his Faith in Jesus he started working his summers off from school in the searing Texas heat learning the family plumbing business. Toward the end of the 80’s the family business collapsed and Stevenson went to work part-time for one of the most successful businesses in retail history “Wal-Mart.”
Upon graduating from DeSoto High School in 1988, Stevenson set out to further his education in the college setting and attended Dallas County Community College Mountain View. This path however did not work out due to his family’s financial struggles which led him to take a full-time position with Wal-Mart.
Stevenson rose from a stock clerk position to Department Manager, Store Support Team Manager and Night Receiving Manager. Stevenson, while conducting a Wal-Mart Supercenter set up in Temple, Texas also had the pleasure of meeting Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Stevenson appeared to be on the move with the company but held a servant’s calling in his heart.
In 1993, Stevenson left the company to serve his country and joined the U.S. Navy. Stevenson served aboard the USS Tarawa LHA-1 rising from E-1 to E-4 in rank. Stevenson enjoyed the service, structure, and the experience that the U.S. Navy provided.
In 1997 Stevenson met the love of his life and married his wife Mistelle N Stevenson (Roberts). It was in that same year that the U.S. Navy offered reenlistment. Stevenson, with the new desire to raise a family and feeling that his servant’s calling was more community oriented, received an honorable discharge and returned to Texas. Stevenson attended Dallas County Community College Cedar Valley and graduated from Cedar Valley College Police Academy in 1998.
Stevenson began his Law Enforcement career with the City of Waxahachie, Texas Police Department, then to Dallas County Sheriffs Office, and currently holds the rank of Sergeant with the City of DeSoto, Texas Police Department.
Stevenson and his wife Mistelle of 21 years are blessed with four children and currently reside in a rural Ellis County Texas community. Stevenson enjoys spending his free time with his family and continues to serve the public in his law enforcement role.
Stevenson believes that all First Responders hold a desire and a calling to serve others and their gift of service has proven its worth to all the lives that have been saved as a result of their service. Stevenson supports and trusts in the mission of SFS Shield Family Services and prays that God’s blessing and favor will be upon its good works.
Prior to SFS, Warren has worked in the Criminal Justice Field for 25 years. Warren began his career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice working in prison units as a correctional officer and as a field force officer. Warren then served with the DeSoto Police Department for 20 years. Warren's assignments with the DeSoto Police Department included Patrol, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer and Criminal Investigations as a detective, working CAPERS (crimes against persons). While at the Desoto Police Department Warren obtained a master peace officer license. Warren has been married to his lovely wife Laura for over 18 years and has 4 beautiful children. Warren loves spending his free time with his family and serving at his church.
Joseph Tabaniag was born and raised from 2 immigrants from the Philippines in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas Texas. Later in life Joseph felt led to serve so he began a career as a police officer at the DeSoto Police Department. That career was for 20 and a half years. Joseph’s assignments at DeSoto PD were Patrol and Criminal Investigations as a detective, mainly in the financial crimes section. He also served on the department’s Honor Guard his whole career there. After retirement, Joseph currently works as an Asset Protection Investigator for 7-Eleven Inc. Joseph investigates corporate fraud and thefts in addition to assisting law enforcement agencies throughout the country regarding video requests for Robberies and Fraud. Joseph has been married to his wife Terri for 19 and a half years and has one son. In his spare time Joseph loves spending time with his family, working out at the local YMCA and going to the movies on a regular basis.