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- Jan. 22, 2022 -

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Aurora Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Aurora IL, USA
Born: Oct. 19, 1970  
Fallen: Jan. 22, 2022
Race/Sex: Black Male / 51 yrs. of age
Dept: Aurora Police Dept. - IL
1200 East Indian Trail  
Aurora, IL   60505   USA
County: Kane
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: 2005
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 347
On The Job: 16 years
Bio: Brian Romel Shields was born in Chicago to Amanda Shields. Brian was raised with his sister Marquita by his loving and nurturing grandmother Margaret, whom he shared a very special bond with. Throughout his life he would recount her influence and wisdom. At a young age Brian began to love reading and made many trips to the library. He had a very creative mind and a gift for writing. He loved to write stories and share them with his family.

After graduating from Proviso East High School with honors, he attended the University of Illinois obtaining his Masters in Journalism. He pledged Phi Beta Sigma, making many lifelong friends. After graduating, he worked as a reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana, Kane County Chronicle and the Beacon News, Aurora IL. He had a genuine spirit and easily made connections with others who would tell him their whole life story with just a couple questions. He had the heart of a counselor and always listened and gave the best advice. Brian was a talented writer, always putting things he wrote and said together so perfectly. While reporting on Aurora police incidents he also went on ride-alongs with officers. This sparked within him the desire to become a police officer, to help others.

Brian was sworn in as an Aurora Police Officer in 2005. He loved making connections and helping the community. He always took time to listen, gave solid advice and brought his own style to the job. A couple years later he met his wife, Marina. They quickly connected and fell in love, best friends. Brian was always doing so much for his family, so attentive, selfless, generous, and loving. He set the bar high. He poured so much love, advice, and truth into his children. He was a school volunteer, and chaperoned many field trips.

Brian obtained a second masters degree, a Masters in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary, May 2021. He had a desire to share the love of the Lord and the promise of salvation and hope. He had such a big heart for people, he was full of inspiration and wisdom.

Survived by:
and five children

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: IL   USA   Tue. Dec. 21, 2021
Summary: Officer Brian Shields died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.


COVID-19, a flu-like virus, originated in Wuhan, China. Worth a mention, the Chinese Government had a biological research facility in that very province. At this point, it was widely held that COVID-19 was a bat-coronavirus and the first case was discovered in Wuhan in Oct. 2019.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. Jan 7, 2020 Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

Despite deaths and an entire Chinese Province(Hubei) quarantined by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization(WHO) simply declares a global public-health emergency. Despite this serious understatement, on January 31st, President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the prior two weeks. Despite a large public outcry of racism, this move likely saved 1000's of American lives, it would later be deemed.

After a full blown global infection, and an entire country being declared on 'Lockdown'(Italy), on March 11th, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. This same day, President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries. On Mar. 13th, a US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Mar. 23rd, New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US. On Mar. 31, more than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown. On Apr. 2nd, the world passes one million COVID-19 infections.

On April 7th, roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. The entire American economy has ground to a halt. Congress passed laws awarding trillions in grants, loans and other types of assistance to the American working population and businesses.

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