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Funeral arrangements set for Montgomery police officer

Lt. Rian Rider's funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. (Source: Rider Family) Lt. Rian Rider's funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. (Source: Rider Family)
Rider's family sat down with WSFA 12 News Anchor Sally Pitts Monday to talk about their beloved son and brother. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Rider's family sat down with WSFA 12 News Anchor Sally Pitts Monday to talk about their beloved son and brother. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Lt. Rider always wanted to be in law enforcement. (Source: Rider Family) Lt. Rider always wanted to be in law enforcement. (Source: Rider Family)
(Source: Rider Family) (Source: Rider Family)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Funeral arrangements are now set for the Montgomery police officer who died at Orange Beach last week.

Lt. Rian Rider's funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Rider died Thursday afternoon while on vacation with his family.

His family sat down with WSFA 12 News Anchor Sally Pitts Monday to talk about their beloved son and brother.

The Rider family has shared a lot of tears and laughter as they remember the man they call funny, selfless, and dedicated to his job and family.

"He was a very kind and caring person," Rider's brother, Josh Rider, said.

Paul Rider, Rian Rider's father, says his son was always smiling.

In fact, he was smiling in a picture taken at the hospital after he was shot in the line of duty five years ago.

The family says, that's just the kind of person Rider was -- always upbeat.

"Making other people feel good, practical jokes. He was kind of a dry sense of humor, but he loved playing jokes on people and making them smile," Paul Rider said.

Lt. Rider always wanted to be in law enforcement.

"He always said he was going to be chief. When he made Lt., he said he could relax a little because he was ahead of schedule," Josh Rider said.

His career wasn't surprising. The family says he always wanted to protect others, and that's just what he was doing the day he died.

"It was getting rougher and they decided to go in [to the water]," Josh Rider said.

Rider and his niece, Harley, were in the Gulf, when the family says they got caught in a rip current. Rider pushed Harley into the arms of another swimmer.

The family believes he saved her life. They say he died the way he lived -- putting others first.

"He was their hero. There is nothing he wouldn't have done for them," Rider's sister-in-law, Leslie Rider, said.

Rider worked at the One Place Family Justice Center. He was the commander of the Domestic Violence Unit.

The family says he was passionate about his work and ask that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to the One Place Family Justice Center in Lt. Rider's name.

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