Master Detention Deputy Richard Mark Barry
Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, July 16, 2020
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.
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.