2nd Aurora Police Officer in 8 Days Dies of COVID-19 -- Sgt. Ken Thurman Visitation Jan. 26

2nd Aurora Police Officer in 8 Days Dies of COVID-19 — Sgt. Ken Thurman Visitation Jan. 26

Days after the burial of Brian Shields, the first Aurora police officer to have died from COVID-19 complications, comes news that a second officer succumbed to the disease while serving the Aurora community.

” It is with a very heavy heart that the Aurora Illinois Police Department announces the death of Sgt. Ken Thurman,” APD officials said in a news release.

Sgt. Ken Thurman

Thurman died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2022), at the age of 51.

According to the release, Thurman was sworn in as an Aurora Police Officer on May 30, 2000. On Aug. 30, 2003, he joined the Community Oriented Policing Unit, where he served
throughout the city by helping members of the community foster safe neighborhoods and strong relationships with the Aurora Police Department.

Promoted to sergeant on July 19, 2008, Thurman worked in various roles including patrol supervisor, jail supervisor, and most recently, the patrol support sergeant, where he streamlined the way officers utilize technology and equipment throughout the department.

He was a leader in the department’s creation and implementation of the “Transparency and Accountability Program” to launch APD’s new body cameras, fleet cameras, and Digital Evidence Unit.

Thurman was known throughout the department and the community as a person who always put others before self. In both his words and his deeds, officials said Thurman enhanced the quality of life in those he served.

Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross

“Our condolences and prayers go out to Ken’s family and to all those he served with during his more than 21 years as a member of the Aurora Police Department,” Aurora Chief of Police Keith Cross said. “Our police department family will do everything possible to provide support and comfort to Ken’s family. Ken’s memory will live on forever at APD.”

Cross said the Aurora Police Department staff extends deepest condolences to the Thurman family, friends, and his extended law enforcement family and asked the community to respect the family’s privacy as they go through this difficult time.

“This has been an extremely difficult few weeks for the men and women of the Aurora Police Department,” Cross said. “Our entire department is mourning. Please keep our APD family in your thoughts and prayers.”

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the United States, according to a report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

A private family funeral mass for Ken will be held. Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl.ace Aurora. Interment with honors will be private.

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