Police Officer Richard Lynn Tostenson

Police Officer Richard Lynn Tostenson

Newnan Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, January 6, 2022

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Richard Lynn Tostenson

Police Officer Ricky Tostenson died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while working at a Newnan High School basketball game at 190 Lagrange Street in Newnan.

Officer Tostenson had served with the Newnan Police Department for 10 years and served as the school resource officer at Newnan High School. He had served in law enforcement for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild.

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 51
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 492

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, December 10, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19


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