Phoenix police sergeant laid to rest

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police officers gathered Monday morning for the funeral of Sgt. Sean Drenth, who was found shot to death by his own shotgun last Monday.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened the the night Drenth died. The sergeant was found by Capitol police in an industrial dirt lot not far from the State Capitol in downtown Phoenix.

While police are treating the case as a homicide, they do not have any suspects at this point.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of Drenth's killer has grown to more than $12,000. Silent Witness is putting up $10,000; the 100 Club of Arizona has added $2,500.

Services for Drenth, a 12-year-veteran of the force, were held at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria.

Drenth was laid to rest at Phoenix Memorial Park.

Drenth, 35, is survived by his wife of 13 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT, or the Arizona Humane Society.

The Drenth family released the following statement through the Phoenix Police Department.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support during this devastating and difficult time for our family. The grief we are feeling is impossible to put into words.

Sean was many things to many people but to us he was a beloved husband, son, grandson, nephew and cousin. Sean filled our lives in every way, especially with his love, generosity and humor. To say that Sean had a great sense of humor is an understatement. He had a passion for music, guitars and animals. Sean’s two "best friends" were his dogs, Chili and Belle, and he had a song for every occasion. Words cannot possibly begin to express the void this tragedy will leave in all of our lives.

We are so very proud of Sean and the honorable profession he chose and so loved. We all know the dangers associated with the job but still no one ever imagines something this devastating will ever actually happen to their family. Sean was so proud of the uniform he wore and the fellow officers he served with on the Phoenix Police Department. Given the level of support they have shown us the past few days, we can now understand why Sean considered them his second family.

This is a loss to our family that we will never get over. As we struggle with the loss of Sean, we want to take this opportunity to thank the Phoenix Police Department and the community for the support they are providing.

Thank you for respecting our family's privacy as we grieve.

Sadly, the sound of Sean's music and laughter is silenced and will be missed forever.”