Deputy Sheriff Steven Armbruster died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Deputy Armbruster was a United States Army veteran who served nine years with the Lehigh County Sheriff's Office and had previously served two years with the Emmaus Police Department. 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.