PARKER, Colo. (CBS4)– Stretches of Interstate 25 and E-470 in the southern part of the Denver metro area were closed for a time on Friday as officers honored one of their own. Detective Joe Pollack from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office contracted COVID-19 while he was on duty and died recently from complications.

(credit: CBS)

The sheriff’s office is therefore considering the deputy’s passing a line-of-duty death. Pollack’s funeral procession traveled from the Douglas County Fairgrounds to the Southeast Christian Church in Parker.

(credit: Douglas County)

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve seen an outpouring of support from the community following the death.

 

The sheriff’s office announced that “We have the best community! So many have reached out with condolences in the passing of Detective Joe Pollack; we are in awe of all the kind words,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wrote in part in a Facebook post.

(credit: CBS)

Pollack worked in Douglas County’s Special Investigations Unit for 19 years. Before that he was a police officer in the NYPD.

Pollack leaves behind a wife and three children. The office set up a fund called The Fallen Officer Fund of Douglas County to help them.

Jennifer McRae