Lieutenant Garry Peter Duplessis, Jr.

Lieutenant Garry Peter Duplessis, Jr.

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Garry Peter Duplessis, Jr.

Lieutenant Garry Duplessis died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Orleans Justice Center's Main Jail at 2800 Perdido Street in New Orleans.

Lieutenant Duplessis had served with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office for 28 years and was the commander of the Central Control Unit at the Orleans Justice Center at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, mother, two sisters, and brother.

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 51
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Rest in peace Lt. Duplessis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2023

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