A police officer in Wisconsin is dead at just 26 years old after contracting the coronavirus. According to the Fond du Lac Police Department, Officer Joseph Kurer died Sept. 22 due to complications from COVID-19.
"Officer Kurer is survived by his wife and two children, one born the night before Joseph passed away," the department announced. "Joseph is also survived by his parents and sister."
Kurer was also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, serving as an aviation operations sergeant. As a police officer, he was part of the department's tactical force team, honor guard, domestic violence intervention team and was a field training officer.
How and when Kurer contracted the virus is information that has not been disclosed, nor is it clear if he was vaccinated.
“Our entire Fond du Lac Police Department family mourns the passing of Officer Joseph Kurer. Our love and condolences go out to Joseph’s wife and children and all those with whom he served," Chief Aaron Goldstein said. "We, as a police department family will do everything possible to continue to provide support and comfort to Joseph’s family. Joseph will be missed by everyone here.”
Law enforcement escorted Kurer's body from the hospital to a funeral home on Thursday, and officers will stand by his side until funeral services are complete.