Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri
End of Watch Thursday, August 12, 2021
Correctional Officer Dennis Bennett died as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri.
Officer Bennett was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.
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.