In 1962 Stephen Beeler joined the United States
Army, serving in Germany. After his discharge in 1965 he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department. During his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department he
served in patrol, administration, court services, community relations, press liaison and hostage negotiations.
In 1986, he retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s because of a duty-related injury. From
1987 to 1995, he was the business manager for the Arizona Department of Corrections in Winslow. Stephen
Beeler is the author of The Firestone Syndrome.
According to the book description of The Firestone Syndrome, it is “a
story based on actual events about an ambitious Los Angeles County Sheriff's lieutenant, Steve Butler, during the late
1970's who is manipulated by his superiors to return to the notorious Firestone Sheriff's Station in south-central
Los Angeles to build evidence on suspected Sheriff's deputies his superiors believe are systematically murdering local
criminals. Steve Butler is hesitant to return to Firestone because of his tour there as a deputy when he faced the Firestone
"Elitists'" scorn for his perceived inability to "pull the trigger" when necessary. His return to
Firestone brings about intrigue, murder and an ironic twist with a surprise ending as Steve Butler is used as a pawn by the