Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Lieutenant Lonny Hempstead died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while serving a search warrant.
Lieutenant Hempstead was a Florida Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and parents.
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.