Senior sergeant found dead by shocked colleagues at a police station on Friday night remembered as ‘one hell of a cop’
Sean McDermott’s colleagues found his body at a Melbourne station His family wrote a tribute to the senior sergeant on social media Colleagues remembered him as kind and a ‘lovely man’ For confidential support, call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 6363
Sean McDermott (pictured) died on Friday night
A senior sergeant and grandfather found dead at a Melbourne police station has been remembered as ‘one hell of a cop’.
Sean McDermott’s colleagues discovered his body at Moorabbin Station in the city’s inner-south at 7.30pm on January 13.
A few days later, a family member said on social media: ‘[He] Was a hell of a cop, but a bigger man and a brilliant family man.’
‘He served with honor.’
The senior sergeant will be farewelled at a funeral service in Glen Waverley on February 1, according to a funeral notice released Tuesday.
‘In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sean’s memory to the Blue Ribbon Foundation,’ the notice said.
In the weeks following his death, friends and former colleagues flooded social media with tributes for Senior Sergeant McDermott.
‘There is much happiness in the world [and] Many who are in pain,’ one colleague wrote.
‘To know that one of the most beautiful people has succumbed to his demons is just gut wrenching.
Sean McDermott’s colleagues found his body at Moorabbin Station in the inner-south of the city at 7.30pm on Friday.
‘You were the most wonderful, kind and funny person and police officer.’
Another said: ‘There are no words to express this – someone who was always smiling and cheerful but clearly battling.
‘Always talk to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them how they are. You never know, you could be the person who makes a difference.’
Others remember him as a ‘top bloke’ who made people laugh.
The day after his death, Victoria Police said in a statement: ‘His death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be made to the coroner.’
The Police Association of Victoria expressed its condolences and said the officer’s family and colleagues would be cared for.
Victoria Police confirmed the death on Saturday. His death is not being treated as suspicious (Photo, Murrabbin Police Station)
“Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the deceased member who will be supported by the Police Association and Victoria Police,” the association said.
In a Facebook group dedicated to fallen members of the force, one member said it was a ‘sad day’ for the force.
‘RIP Sarge,’ he wrote.
‘Rally around the troops and make sure they’re all right.
‘It’s going to be difficult for them.’
Former police officer and opposition amendment spokesman Brad Battin also expressed his condolences.
‘My thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues that life has gone too soon,’ Mr Battin, who is Berwick’s MPO, shared on social media.
‘Today, we thank all police for the stress and pressure they put themselves and their families under to protect our communities.’
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