Our community is in shock and sadness yet again. It seems like yesterday that MPD Officer Justin Billa's life was taken in a senseless act of violence while he was in the line of duty. This week we lost another, MPD Officer Sean Tuder. He was only 30 years old.
Officer Tuder was working undercover last week when he was gunned down by a man trying to run from the law. This man took the life of a protector. I will NOT give that human any more acknowledgement, but I will honor the memory of one of my family members. I never met Ofc. Tuder, but as you can see in my previous blog posts, my father has been in law enforcement my entire life, most of it working the same exact type calls that Tuder responded to on the day that would become his End of Watch. I consider him family. My family in blue.
Earlier today his wife posted the funeral arrangements and asked that everyone come give her hugs. DEAL. Please try to keep their family in your prayers, and if you can, stop by and hug a hero's wife.
Meanwhile, some pretty incredible humans that I have the pleasure of calling friends and acquaintances have become the heroes in the wake of tragedy. With the snap of a finger and within a blink of an eye, a benefit was created and the proceeds will go directly to his family. Brooke Wilcutt, and the group of locals who have had a part in creating this event deserve a high five and beyond. YOU ARE LOVE. In a world where we could focus on hatred, they have chosen to honor the good. Officer Tuder was the good. We will honor him.
Please see the statement below and click HERE for the event page on Facebook. If you would like to donate or help, they would be happy to have you.
"Come join us as we celebrate the life of Sean Tuder. $5.00 Cover at the door- All proceeds will go directly to the family. There will be live entertainment and raffles going on throughout the night. If you would like to donate items toward our raffle items or are a local artist willing to provide entertainment for this event, please let us know. We will be updating drop off locations with in the next couple days.
Photo from Facebook Event Page.