A hero’s ride home: Sgt. Risner honored with escort from Huntsville to the Shoals


COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Sgt. Nick Risner was honored with a “Hero’s Ride Home” as he was transported back to the Shoals on Monday afternoon.

The procession of police vehicles escorting Risner’s body left Huntsville early Monday afternoon and took him to a funeral home in Florence.

Sgt. Risner was one of two officers shot during an incident on Friday afternoon in Sheffield. He was flown to Huntsville Hospital where he died from his injuries the following morning.

“Sgt. Nick Risner made the selfless decision to put himself in harm’s way to protect citizens Colbert County,” The Sheffield Police Department said in a post. “That decision resulted in Sgt. Risner being shot in the line of duty. Sgt. Risner succumbed to injuries on October 2, 2021. Sgt. Nick Risner continued to serve his community and others even after death by organ donation.”

People who wanted to pay respects to Sgt. Risner and his family lined up along the route.

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