The Gulf Shores community is mourning the loss tonight of former Gulf Shores Police officer Glenn Kittrell.
Kittrell, 49-years-old, died Sunday after battling cancer for several years. Thursday would have been his 50th birthday.
Kittrell was a co-owner of his family owned business, Gulf Shores Builders Supply.
But, his father said Kittrell’s heart was with his community police department.
“But his love was police work, and he always told me ‘dad they will pay me for doing things that I love,'” said his father, Mac Kittrell.
Gulf Shores Police said Kittrell was a dedicated, passionate member of the team.
“Glenn was a great guy, he served the citizens of Gulf Shores for eight years. He loved being out here working the streets with us, and we’re really going to miss him,” said Josh Coleman, Community Resource Officer for Gulf Shores Police.
Friends and family said they will remember Kittrell was a devout Christian, father of two, and Alabama football fan, who always gave back to his community in every way he could.
“I just feel that the world has been deprived of a wonderful opportunity to have a wonderful person,” said father Mac Kittrell, “I’ve never done this (bury my son), and it ain’t easy, I hate the idea that he is not going to be here anymore, to be a part of my life, and a part of our lives.”
Glenn Kitrell’s wife, Melody Kitrell, said,”I am so proud of my husband, he was an amazing person, always put his needs last for anyone. My heart is breaking but he is at peace.”
Funeral services for Glenn Kitrell will be held Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. An honor guard with the Gulf Shores Police Department will be present at the ceremony.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 19, at Pine Rest Memorial Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.