Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri
End of Watch Thursday, July 1, 2021
Lieutenant Leslie Lentz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, Missouri.
Lieutenant Lentz had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 23 years. He is survived by his son.
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.