Sean Aaron Tanner

Sean Aaron Tanner was born July 1, 1997, in Tarzana, Calif. He passed away Oct. 8, 2018, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was 21.

Sean wanted to be a first responder since Day 1. It’s one of the first things he said when he began talking. Sean didn’t get into dinosaurs, cars, drawing or sports. He didn’t play with Tonka trucks or animals. Literally every single toy he played with was a Rescue Hero, or some variation. Every movie was Rescue Heroes. He didn’t have a favorite Disney movie; he had no interest. He was outside exploring, running, riding or playing with his Rescue Heroes.

Sean grew up in Ridgecrest. He attended Ridgecrest Charter School, Richmond Elementary School and Murray Middle School and then graduated from Burroughs High School in 2015. During high school, Sean enjoyed wrestling as well as his time in health careers working with Heritage Physical Therapy and Liberty Ambulance. He also was an Explorer with the Kern County Fire Department.

Sean went on to obtain his EMT certificate at Cerro Coso Community College. While going to school, Sean worked at Albertson’s as a courtesy clerk, before going to provide security/EMT services for Searles Valley Minerals. At the time of his death, Sean was working as a police officer with China Lake Police Department as well as an on-call firefighter for San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Sean is survived by his parents, Brett and Sarah Tanner; sisters, Brittany and Michael Garcia and Alexandra and Nikolas Savko; fiancée, Natasha Hill; nephew, Derek Garcia of Ridgecrest and baby Garcia due in April 2018 — all of Ridgecrest; grandparents, Stephen and Lynda Tanner of Lake Almanor and Steven and Denise Parker of Lake View Terrace; and aunts and uncles, Laura Tanner of Susanville, Jeff Tanner of Ridgecrest, Kimberly Tanner of Ridgecrest, Susan and Richard Copelin of Ridgecrest and Ashley and Chris Jones of Altadena.

A viewing was held Oct. 14 at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. The funeral was Oct. 15 at Saint Ann Catholic Church. Graveside services were held at Desert Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Holland& Lyons Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers a memorial account has been established at the Navy Federal Credit Union in Sean’s name.

— Submitted by the family of Sean Tanner

Story First Published: 2018-11-02