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Sean McDermott: Victoria Police senior sergeant found dead remembered as ‘one hell of a cop’

Senior sergeant found dead by shocked colleagues at a police station on a Friday night is 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 ‘beautiful human’ 
  • For confidential support, call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 

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 the Moorabbin station, in the city’s inner-south, at about 7.30pm on January 13.

Days later, a family member said on social media: ‘[He] was one hell of a cop, but more than that he was a great person and brilliant family man.’

‘With honour he served.’ 

According to a funeral notice published on Tuesday, the senior sergeant will be farwelled on February 1 at a funeral service in Glen Waverley.

‘In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Sean to the Blue Ribbon Foundation,’ the notice read.

In the weeks following his death, friends and former colleagues flooded social media with tributes for Senior Sergeant McDermott. 

‘In a world where there is so much happiness [and] so many who are in pain,’ one colleague wrote.

‘To know that one of the most beautiful human beings succumbed to his demons is just gut-wrenching.

Sean McDermott's colleagues found his body at the Moorabbin station, in the city's inner-south, at about 7.30pm on Friday

Sean McDermott’s colleagues found his body at the Moorabbin station, in the city’s inner-south, at about 7.30pm on Friday

‘You were the most wonderful, kind-heart and funniest human beings and one hell of a cop.’

Another said: ‘There are no words to express this – someone who was always smiling and cheery but obviously fighting a battle. 

‘Always talk with your friends, family and colleagues and ask them how they are. You never know, you might be the person who can make a difference.’

Others remembered 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 prepared for the coroner.’

The Police Association of Victoria shared their condolences and said the officer’s family and colleagues will be taken care of.

Victoria Police confirmed the death on Saturday. His death is not being treated as suspicious (pictured, Moorabbin Police Station)

Victoria Police confirmed the death on Saturday. His death is not being treated as suspicious (pictured, Moorabbin 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 okay.

‘It’s going to be hard for them.’

Former police officer and Opposition corrections spokesman Brad Battin also shared his condolences.

‘My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of a life gone too soon,’ Mr Battin, who is also the MP for Berwick, shared on social media.

‘Today, reach out and thank all police for the stress and pressure they put themselves and their family under to protect our community.’

Lifeline 13 11 14 

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636


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