MPD lieutenant remembered as great leader, hero - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

MPD lieutenant remembered as great leader, hero

Rian with his brother Josh and sister in law Leslie. (Source: The Rider Family) Rian with his brother Josh and sister in law Leslie. (Source: The Rider Family)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Those who knew Lt. Rian Rider on a professional level say there is no doubt he'd found his calling as a police officer.

The veteran lawman was swimming with family members in the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach when he and his niece got caught in a rip current. Rider was able to rescue his niece, but he wasn't able to free himself. He was pulled from the water by lifeguards and pronounced dead at a Pensacola hospital.

Rider started with the Montgomery Police Department in 2002 and had served in the patrol, traffic, juvenile and criminal investigations divisions. He was currently commander over the Specials Victims and Domestic Violence unit.

"Lieutenant Rider was one of our local heroes and will be difficult to replace," a statement released by MPD and the Montgomery Department of Public Safety said. "Mayor Todd Strange, Director J. Christopher Murphy and Interim Chief of Police John E. Brown would like the Rider Family to know their heartfelt appreciation for Lieutenant Rider's service to the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Police Department."

Colleagues remember Rider as a dedicated leader.

"He was a staple for the police department," said friend Scott Green.

Green is the Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County. Green worked closely with Rider.

When Rider arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse with a case file, there was no doubt he had done his homework and checked out everything that needed to be investigated, Green said.

"He was a great leader, a great detective and knew how to train great detectives," Green said.

Rider was shot in the line of duty five years ago in Montgomery. Green recalled Rider's determination to turn the corner and come back to the police department.

Green remembered something else, something remarkable.

"I never heard him complain about anything even when he was recovering. He took him awhile to get back," Green said.

Rider would have turned 35 later this month.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hundreds walk for healthy moms and babies

    Hundreds walk for healthy moms and babies

    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:57 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:57:05 GMT
    The March of Dimes hosted its annual March for Babies walk, kicking off from Point Cadet. (Photo source: WLOX)The March of Dimes hosted its annual March for Babies walk, kicking off from Point Cadet. (Photo source: WLOX)
    (Source: WLOX)(Source: WLOX)

    Hundreds made a three-mile trek in Biloxi today to fight for the health of moms and babies.

    More >>

    Hundreds made a three-mile trek in Biloxi today to fight for the health of moms and babies.

    More >>
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Hit-and-run wreck on I-10 causing traffic delays

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Hit-and-run wreck on I-10 causing traffic delays

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-04-21 16:15:47 GMT
    (Source: File)(Source: File)

    Traffic is now clear on Interstate 10 after a hit-and-run wreck caused a vehicle to rollover near Long Beach-Gulfport city limits.

    More >>

    Traffic is now clear on Interstate 10 after a hit-and-run wreck caused a vehicle to rollover near Long Beach-Gulfport city limits.

    More >>
  • Cops dance across the rooftops of donut shop

    Cops dance across the rooftops of donut shop

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:01 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:01:41 GMT
    Ocean Springs police officers are dancing across the rooftop of Krispy Kreme for a good cause Saturday. (Source: WLOX)Ocean Springs police officers are dancing across the rooftop of Krispy Kreme for a good cause Saturday. (Source: WLOX)

    If you're riding past Krispy Kreme in Ocean Springs Saturday, look up and you'll see a group of the city's finest staring back down at you from on top of the eatery's roof. 

    More >>

    If you're riding past Krispy Kreme in Ocean Springs Saturday, look up and you'll see a group of the city's finest staring back down at you from on top of the eatery's roof. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly