Correctional Officer David Henry

Correctional Officer David Henry

Pennington County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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David Henry

Correctional Officer David Henry died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Pennington County Jail at 307 Saint Joseph Street in Rapid City.

Officer Henry was a United States Coast Guard veteran who had served with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office for ten years and previously served with the Weber County Sheriff's Office in Utah. He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, sister, brother, and three grandchildren.

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 59
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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