Lieutenant Lonny Hempstead

Lieutenant Lonny Hempstead

Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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Lonny Hempstead

Lieutenant Lonny Hempstead died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while serving a search warrant.

Lieutenant Hempstead was a Florida Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and parents.

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.

Bio

  • Age 55
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 62-2
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 17, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19, search warrant

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The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
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"Always Ready, Always There..."

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 23, 2021

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