Correctional Officer Joseph Lloyd Greinke

Correctional Officer Joseph Lloyd Greinke

North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 2020

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Joseph Lloyd Greinke

Correctional Officer Joseph Greinke died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Pender Correctional Institution at 906 Penderlea Highway in Burgaw.

Officer Greinke was a United States Marine Corps veteran and completed tours in Iraq. He had served with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice for over five years. Officer Greinke is survived by one child.

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years, 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, November 9, 2020

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Officer Greinke,
On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in Iraq. And to your Family and loved ones, i wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

November 20, 2022

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