Senior Sergeant Steve Urias

Senior Sergeant Steve Urias

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 26, 2021

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Steve Urias

Senior Sergeant Steve Urias died as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Urias worked for the Austin Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 2103

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 8, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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I’m so sorry for this loss. He was wonderful and helped me get a restraining order in 2001 against a very scary person who had been threatening and harassing me for six months. This detective may have very well saved my life. Thank you and I will never forget you. God bless your family for their sacrifice as well.

Tracie Laymon

June 16, 2022

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