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- Oct. 21, 2021 -

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Sarasota Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: Venice FL, USA
Born: Sep. 30, 1978  
Fallen: Oct. 21, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 43 yrs. of age
Dept: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office - FL
6010 Cattleridge Blvd  
Sarasota, FL   34232   USA
County: Sarasota
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 2436
On The Job: 22 years
Bio: Deputy Welge had previously served with the Venice Police Department for six years.

Joshua Joseph Welge was born September 30, 1978 in Port Charlotte, FL. He is the son of the late Teresa Huffman.

As a child, Josh lived in many different places. He and his parents ran a children's home in Texas.

As he grew older, Josh's dad joined the Army and he had the opportunity to live on Fort Monroe Army Base in Virginia. When Josh was in middle school, he and his mom moved back to Englewood, FL. He attended Lemon Bay High School and then later graduated from Venice High School.

Josh met his wife, Brandi, when he was sixteen and they were high school sweethearts. They married in 1999 and settled here where they grew up in Venice.

Josh began working at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Corrections. Two years later, he started working at Venice Police Department. While there, he was on the Emergency Response Team and excelled as a law enforcement officer. He served there for five years before returning to the Sheriff's Department. He spent the last seventeen years as a deputy as well as a Field Training Officer. He was an excellent marksman and earned a Life Saving Award.

Josh and Brandi have three children. He was an amazing father and husband. His big heart and loyalty made him a true friend to many people. His legacy will live on and he will be desperately missed.

Survived by:
Brandi - Wife
and three children

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Sarasota, FL   USA   Sun. Sep. 12, 2021
Summary: Deputy Sheriff Joshua Welge died from complications as the 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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