Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch Thursday, October 21, 2021
Deputy Sheriff Joshua Welge died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Deputy Welge had served with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years and had previously served with the Venice Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.