If you’re a regular watcher of Orlando’s News 6 (WKMG), especially in the morning, you’ve come to know and enjoy the traffic reports and stories from “Trooper Steve”.

He returned to the airwaves Friday morning after some time away, although it wasn’t a vacation. He was busy fighting a bad guy: pneumonia.

Steven Montiero, born and raised in Osceola County and better known as “Trooper Steve,” brings viewers his popularity, positive attitude, helpful spirit and trooper experience-based traffic and driving information for the community. He’s still a friend to Osceola community, as he’s a frequent co-host at the School District of Osceola County’s Annual Osceola County Education Awards event.

Montiero joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated Air Force combat veteran, Montiero became News 6’s face of traffic following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol. His “Ask Trooper Steve” segment is a local morning fixture and respected favorite.

Here’s a piece of a note from Montiero from the hospital before his release and return to TV:

I will say this… by the presence of our Great Lord I am COVID free. But I’m roughin’ through some thick mud right now.  I am battling pneumonia and it’s taken this Trooper head on. I simply just wanted to say was thank you to the family members, friends and coworkers for being there for me.

But a huge #thankyou to YOU my supporterss and viewers for the messages of concern and the wonders of where the heck I disappeared to lol. I’ll be back stronger and hopefully more sarcastic then ever. Not sure exactly when but I give you my word I’m a fighter and soon we can get back to having fun together and talking smack about dumb human choices.

Positively Osceola and the rest of his Osceola County viewership want to wish Trooper Steve a full and healthy recovery… Welcome back Steve, you were missed!