Second Police Officer from Aurora, Illinois Dies of Complications from COVID-19 within 8 Days of Death of First Officer

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Sgt. KenThurman, Aurora Police Department (SOURCE: Aurora Police Department)
Sgt. KenThurman, Aurora Police Department (SOURCE: Aurora Police Department).

Aurora Police Department announced today, January 20, 2022, that Sergeant Ken Thurman passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the age of 51. He died from complications of COVID-19 while serving the Aurora community. Ken Thurman was sworn in as an Aurora Police Officer on May 30th, 2000.

On August 30th, 2003, he joined the Community Oriented Policing (COP) Unit where he served throughout the city by helping members of the community foster safe neighborhoods and strong relationships with the Aurora Police Department.




Officer Thurman was promoted to Sergeant on July 19th, 2008, and he 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. Ken also was a leading member of the department’s creation and implementation of the “Transparency and Accountability Program” (TAP) to launch APD’s new body cameras, fleet cameras, and Digital Evidence Unit.

Sgt. Thurman was known throughout the department and the community as one who always put others before self. In both his words and his deeds, Sgt. Thurman enhanced the quality of life in those he served, according to the announcement from the Aurora Police Department.

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

— Aurora Chief of Police Keith Cross

The Aurora Police Department extended their deepest condolences to the Thurman family, friends, and his extended law enforcement family, and asked to please respect the family’s privacy as they go through this difficult time.

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