MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The first public visitation for fallen Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder was held Thursday at Dauphin Way Baptist Church.
People packed the parking lot throughout the visitation. It ran from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.
Sergeant Don Farris served in the National Guard alongside Officer Tuder for the last year and a half. He said, “He was our machine gunner and he was probably the best we’ve ever had, and probably one of the best I’ve seen over 12 years.” He added, Sean is someone who will be very much missed. He said, “Sean was a strict professional when it was time to work, but when it was time to play, he played hard as well.”
Members of law enforcement from different agencies also came together honoring Officer Tuder. Captain Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said, “My son who also works with the PD was close friends with Officer Tuder, so I’m going to be here for him as well.”
While Captain Burch may be with the Sheriff’s Office, he says they’re all a family. He said, “I was with Mobile PD for nine years before I came to the Sheriff’s Office, and it’s a small enough community where we know one another, and work with one another, and we take care of one another. ”
There is another public visitation scheduled on Friday morning from 9:00 to 11:00. The funeral directly follows the visitation, beginning at 11:00.