Covington Police Identify, Thank Soldier Who Helped Injured Officer

The Covington Police Department publicly identified and thanked the man who came to the aid of a seriously injured officer over the weekend.

Officer Brian Powers was one of the officers to make contact with Antonio Ford on the 900 block of Madison Avenue early Sunday morning. Ford, 33, was known to have an outstanding warrant.

When the officers attempted to arrest Ford, he allegedly fled, assaulting Powers in the process. Powers suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital in stable condition. In a news release Tuesday, the Covington Police Department said that Powers is now at home recovering from his injuries.

The department also stated that it received permission from the man it identified previously as a Good Samaritan to identify him publicly.

He is Staff Sergeant Stewart A. Lee of the United States Army. Lee is stationed at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and was home for the holidays, and happened to be in a place where he could help the responding officer.

In an earlier news release, the police department said that a Good Samaritan helped an officer later identified as Powers until Covington EMS could respond. Further details about Lee or the incident were not released.

Powers has been with the Covington Police Department since August of last year, and previously served as an officer in Dayton.

Meanwhile, Ford is expected to be arraigned in Kenton District Court on Wednesday morning. He faces charges of fourth degree assault, third degree assault of a police officer, first degree fleeing/evading, and resisting arrest.

-Staff report