Lieutenant Leslie Lee Lentz

Lieutenant Leslie Lee Lentz

Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, July 1, 2021

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Leslie Lee Lentz

Lieutenant Leslie Lentz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, Missouri.

Lieutenant Lentz had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 23 years. He is survived by his son.


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 600 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 63
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 34156

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Baltimore City Fire Department

February 16, 2022

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