Police Officer Joseph John Kurer

Police Officer Joseph John Kurer

Fond du Lac Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Joseph John Kurer

Police Officer Joseph Kurer died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Kurer was a United States Army veteran. He had served with the Fond du Lac Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and sister.

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 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 26
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, August 2, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Dear Joe,

We miss you terribly and will love you always. You will remain in our hearts forever.

Love Mom and Dad

Bill and Mary Kurer

September 22, 2022

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