Deputy Sheriff Boyd Wayne Blake

Deputy Sheriff Boyd Wayne Blake

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Boyd Wayne Blake

Deputy Sheriff Boyd Blake died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Blake had served with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office for 20 years and had previously served six years with the Proctorville Police Department. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and one grandchild.

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 50
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 46

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 14, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven, Deputy Blake.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

September 29, 2023

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