Corrections Officer Richard Longoria

Corrections Officer Richard Longoria

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, September 10, 2021

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Richard Longoria

Corrections Officer Rick Longoria died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections at 400 S 6th Street in Louisville.

Officer Longoria had served with the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections for 18 years. He is survived by his three sons, two step-children, three grandchildren, and his mother.

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 600 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 50
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 693

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 29, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I served as a Louisville Metro Department of Corrections officer from 2003 til 2010. Rick Longoria was my partner many many shifts in the jail... Not only were we Partners but we were friends outside of work. Rick saved my life 1 night while working off duty at a downtown gas station and while I was fighting with a drunk and disorderly subject on the ground Rick noticed the subject had a gun and assisted getting him under control & handcuffing him. Subject was actually reaching for his gun with one hand and tugging at my gun with his other. Subject later stated he was going to shoot me.
I will forever be indebted to Rick and his entire family for Ricks unselfishness and willingness to put himself in harms way in order to keep the subject from drawing his gun.


April 8, 2022

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