Fond du Lac officer dies of COVID-19 in the line of duty at age 26
FOND DU LAC – A 26-year-old Fond du Lac police officer died of complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday a day after the birth of his second child, according to the police chief.
The Fond du Lac Police Department released a new statement on Thursday that “all evidence points to” Officer Joseph Kurer contracted COVID-19 while on the job, so his death is being treated as a death in the performance of his duties. The department did not say whether Kurer was vaccinated.
Kurer is believed to be the second Wisconsin law enforcement officer to die of COVID-19 in the line of duty, according to a file kept online by Officer Down Memorial Page and a statement from Fond du Lac police . Dane County Deputy Sheriff Richard Treadwell, who died in August 2020, was reportedly the first.
Governor Tony Evers responded to news of Kurer’s death on Thursday by ordering the state and US flags to be hoisted at their waist.
Kurer had been a sworn officer with the Fond du Lac Police Department since August 2018, after serving as a Community Service Officer for the West Bend Police Department. He was also an active member of the military.
“Our love and condolences go out to Joseph’s wife and children and to all with whom he served,” Fond du Lac Police Chief Aaron Goldstein said in a written statement released Wednesday evening. “We, as the family of the Police Department, will do all we can to continue to provide support and comfort to Joseph’s family. Everyone here will miss Joseph.
The police department statement released Thursday provided no further details about the circumstances of Kurer’s death and said it would not disclose if he had any other health concerns, out of respect for the privacy of Kurer. his family.
“Our entire department is mourning with the Kurer family at this incredibly difficult time,” Chief Goldstein said in Thursday’s statement, and asked that inquiries be directed to the department rather than to the family.
“We must do everything possible to show respect for the needs of the family and allow them to cry in private,” he wrote.
Kurer was a member of the department’s tactical field force team, honor guard unit and domestic violence response team, and earlier this year he was certified in as a field training officer. He was also an air operations non-commissioned officer reaching the rank of sergeant in the Wisconsin National Guard, according to Goldstein.
Kurer received a Lifesaving Award from the Fond du Lac Police Department, an Army Medal of Honor, an Army Medal of Honor and an NCO of the Year from the Sergeants Association of the Air Force as a cadet non-commissioned officer in the civilian air patrol. He also received a Sister Michaela O’Brien Award while attending St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac.
A police motorcade escorted his body from a hospital early Thursday to the funeral home, and officers will stand by his side until services are completed, Goldstein said.
Kurer is survived by his wife and two children, one born the day before his death. He is also survived by his parents and sister.
Evers and his wife, Kathy, released a statement on Thursday expressing their sympathies. The governor also signed an executive order to lower the flags of the United States and Wisconsin to honor Kurer when funeral arrangements were made.
“Our thoughts are with his wife, children, parents and sister, as well as all those close to him, especially since they had just welcomed a new baby into the family the day before the officer’s death. Kurer, “the statement from Evers said. “We are also thinking of the Fond du Lac Police Department and the community of Fond du Lac, and we ask the people of Wisconsin to join us in offering their support and prayers as they mourn the passing of the Agent Kurer. “
On Thursday, police from Fond du Lac decorated Kurer’s police squad with a wreath and parked it outside the department at 126 N. Main St.
Funeral arrangements with the honors of law enforcement are pending.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations to benefit her children. By Thursday night, the page had raised over $ 6,100.
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