Fond du Lac officer, 26, dies of coronavirus complications

September 23, 2021 GMT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A 26-year-old Fond du Lac police officer died of complications from COVID-19, his department said Thursday.

Officer Joseph Kurer’s death on Wednesday came a day after his second child was born, according to police Chief Aaron Goldstein. Because evidence indicates he contracted COVID-19 while working, he died in the line of duty and his death will be treated as such, Goldstein said.

“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,” Goldstein said in a statement on Facebook.

It isn’t clear if Kurer had been vaccinated against COVID-19. The police department said in the Facebook post that it doesn’t provide details on an employee’s medical conditions or vaccination status out of respect for their and their family’s privacy.

Kurer joined the Fond du Lac Police Department in August 2018 and was a member of the Tactical Field Force Team, the Honor Guard Unit and the Domestic Violence Intervention Team. He was also certified as a field training officer.

According to police, Kurer was also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. Before joining the Fond du Lac force, Kurer was a community service officer with the West Bend Police Department.

Early Thursday, a long line of police vehicles with lights flashing escorted Kurer’s body to a funeral home, where officers will stand watch until services are held. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Gov. Tony Evers offered his condolences Thursday in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to his wife, kids, parents, and sister, and all of his loved ones, especially as they had just welcomed a new baby to the family the night before Officer Kurer’s passing. We are also thinking of the Fond du Lac Police Department and the Fond du Lac community, and we ask the people of Wisconsin to join us in extending offers of support and prayers as they mourn Officer Kurer’s passing,” Evers said.