Funeral set for Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger
AUTAUGA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger, who died after a brief battle with cancer over the Christmas holidays.
According to the sheriff’s obituary, the family will receive friends at Prattville Memorial Chapel on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Prattville. Burial will follow at Rawlinson Cemetery.
The sheriff’s office posted the announcement on Facebook Monday night confirming 72-year-old Sedinger’s death.
Gov. Kay Ivey ordered the immediate lowering of flags Tuesday to half-staff at the Alabama Capitol and on the grounds of all government facilities in Autauga County. Flags remained lowered until sunset and, according to Ivey’s order, those in Sedinger’s home county will again be lowered on the day of his internment.
“We will always be grateful for his many years of service,” Ivey said, “and I know that his death is a major loss, especially to the people of Autauga County.”
Sedinger had just been reelected to a third term as sheriff in November. He was first elected in 2014 but had worked with the sheriff’s office for nearly three decades.
According to state law, the county coroner, who is also an elected official, will assume the role of sheriff for the time being.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sheriff Joe’s honor to CenterPoint Church, The Montgomery Cancer Center or by donating blood at Life South.
The sheriff’s death brought reaction from a number of law enforcement agencies and organizations.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor
“It is a solemn day among the entire law enforcement community within Alabama as we all mourn the tragic and heartbreaking loss of Sheriff Sedinger. On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sheriff Sedinger. He was a true professional and his dedication to serve the public will always be remembered. We recognize this is a devastating time for the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office as well as the entire community, which Sheriff Sedinger so faithfully served. As we continue to mourn alongside the law enforcement community, we also pray for Sheriff Sedinger’s family as they attempt to manage and cope with this terrible loss. Sheriff Sedinger courage, resolve and never-ending bravery will continue to live on and provide us all with an example of a courageous servant’s heart. Along with sharing our sincerest condolences, we pledge to make all resources available to the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office as well as the surrounding community as they grieve this unfortunate and heartbreaking situation.”
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall
“It is always a sad day for the law enforcement community when we mourn the loss of one of our own. Sheriff Joe Sedinger faithfully served his country, state, and the citizens of Autauga County with great integrity, constant determination, and unquestionable professionalism. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Sheriff Joe Sedinger and entire Autauga County community.”
Alabama Sheriffs Association
“Today, our hearts are heavy with the passing of one of our beloved and distinguished brothers. Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger was a great law enforcement officer and an even better man. He epitomized what every man and every law enforcement officer should be – forthright, fearless, honorable, loyal and kind. The members of the Alabama Sheriffs Association and the entire law enforcement community will miss him terribly both personally and professionally and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, his family and to the citizens of Autauga County for their loss.”
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