Aurora Police Department, Illinois • Line of Duty Death: January 11, 2022

Aurora Police Department Police Officer Brian Romel Shields passed away on January 11, 2022 due to contracting COVID-19 while in the line of duty.

Shields was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised with his sister, Marquita by his loving grandmother, Margaret, with whom the siblings shared a very close relationship. As a child, Shields loved to spend his time at the library, reading. Having a brilliant mind and gift for creative writing, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with his Master’s Degree in Journalism. Upon graduating, Shields worked as a reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana, Kane County Chronicle, and the Beacon News, Aurora IL. He eventually met his wife, Marina, and the pair had five beautiful children together.

While reporting in Aurora on police incidents, Shields met many officers, which inspired him to become a police officer himself and help others. In 2005, he was sworn in as an Aurora Police Officer with the Aurora Police Department. He loved every minute of being an officer, making connections, and helping the community. He was very receptive and attentive to others. In addition to serving as a police officer, he volunteered at his children’s schools and chaperoned many field trips. Shields later obtained a second Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary in May of 2021. He served an honorable 17 years before sadly losing his life to COVID-19.

Aurora Police Department Police Officer Brian Romel Shields is survived by his loving wife, Marina, and his children, Nathaniel, Sarina, Ava, Samuel, and Malachi.