Police Officer Brian R. Shields

Police Officer Brian R. Shields

Aurora Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Brian R. Shields

Police Officer Brian Shields died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Shields had served with the Aurora Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and five 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 51
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 347

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 21, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the families of Officer Brian Shields and Sergeant Kenneth Thurman, Sr. How tragic to have lost two of your men in just a week's time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2022

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