It is with deepest sympathies that the Batavia Police Department announces the passing of Officer Joe Gudella. Officer Gudella was found deceased on March 27, 2023, while staying at a family home in central Wisconsin. No additional information is available regarding his death at this time. In memorial, the City of Batavia has lowered the City’s flags to half-mast.
Officer Gudella joined the Batavia Police Department in January 2022, after serving with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office since 2015. Officer Gudella was thoughtful and compassionate, and his positivity and zeal for life were infectious. He had a servant’s heart and a passion for making people feel welcomed and loved. In his time with the Batavia Police Department, he made a lasting impact on his peers and the community that he served with pride. He will be sorely missed by all.
Officer Gudella is survived by his wife and two young children. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers, during this trying time.