Correctional Officer Robert Lewis Welch, III

Correctional Officer Robert Lewis Welch, III

Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Robert Lewis Welch, III

Correctional Officer Robby Welch died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to the Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia, Missouri.

Officer Welch had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.

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.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Correctional Officer Welch,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

August 22, 2021

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