Court Officer Gerald F. Lynch

Court Officer Gerald F. Lynch

Mentor Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Gerald F. Lynch

Court Officer Gerry Lynch died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while serving as a court transportation officer.

Officer Lynch was a United States Army veteran who had served with the Mentor Police Department for at least a year and previously served with the Painesville Police Department for over 23 years and the Cleveland Division of Police for over five years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a brother, and a sister.

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 56
  • Tour 30 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Lt. Lynch was the shift Sergeant on my very first day with the Painesville Police Department. I was his shift Sergeant on his very last day. We both spent time in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, he confirmed the game "Duck" actually existed.... If you know you know. Gerry loved his family with everything he had and was proud of it. He was a 100% kind of man. I miss him.

"We struggled together, and sometimes, we struggled with one another... We took care of one another... In the end, we kept faith in each other." -Bruce Springsteen

Sgt. M.T. Bailey
Painesville Police Department

May 10, 2024

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