Police Officer Leslie L. Graves, II

Police Officer Leslie L. Graves, II

Perryton Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Leslie L. Graves, II

Police Officer Les Graves died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Graves had served with the Perryton Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, six children, and eight siblings.


The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 22, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Les was the best big brother. He was so brutally honest but not in a bad way. It was fun having him around. It gets hard around my birthdays because I cant see him anymore. Everyone misses him so much. At least we know he's with god.

Stacia Shinberg
Little Sister

June 21, 2022

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