Master Detention Deputy Rick Barry died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Lake County Detention Center in Tavares, Florida.
Deputy Barry was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and one child.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.