Sergeant Eric Joseph Scherr

Sergeant Eric Joseph Scherr

Aurora Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, August 30, 2021

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Eric Joseph Scherr

Sergeant Eric Scherr died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while serving at the District Two Police Station at 6 Abilene Street in Aurora.

Sergent Scherr had served with the Aurora Police Department for 21 years and had previously served four years with the Colorado State Patrol. He is survived by his wife and three 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 600 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.

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Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 00-8

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, August 13, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I first met Eric Scherr when he was one of my training instructors in the Academy in 2011. He made his way out to the road with me then promoted to a supervisor. I worked under him for a couple years both as a road supervisor and as a Police Area Representative Sergeant. Sgt Scherr was one of the best bosses I've ever had, not just because of the high respect he gave, not just because of his personal skills, not just because of his selflessness, but because of his heart and love for those around him. Eric Scherr went the extra mile for his fellow officers, friends, and family.

On the day my son was born Sgt. Scherr called to check on us and put an email out to the department to congratulate us. Over the next days he drove out of city to come say hi and hold our new baby. I will never forget the happiness on his face just to be with us and hold our little one at that moment.

I will let my son know when he is old enough that he was held by a truly honorable, respectable and hero with admirable strength when he was born - That he was once held by an Angel of God. As my son grew into his toddler years my kiddo would always smile when he came into contact with Eric Scherr. He loved uncle Scherr.

Eric Scherr is a person the world can and should look up to. May God welcome him to heaven and comfort his family always.

You will be missed.

We have the watch from here....

Officer Krieger
Aurora PD

March 10, 2022

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