Hero Down: Naval Dist. Washington PD Cpl. Lawrence Onley Dies From Coronavirus
Washington, DC – United States Department of Defense Naval District Washington Police Department (NDWPD) Corporal Lawrence Onley died in the line of duty on April 21 after contracting COVID-19.
The 63-year-old corporal was on duty when he came into contact with a patient who was infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Cpl. Onley fell ill and succumbed to the disease after having “a confirmed exposure” to the patient, according to the website.
He devoted 23 years of his life to serving the NDWPD.
Cpl. Onley leaves behind his daughter, as well as his fiancé.
Dozens of mourners offered their condolences to his loved ones by posting messages on the Officer Down Memorial Page.
“Always nice to see him at the gate in the morning. Did his job well,” one tribute read. “He and the other guards exposed themselves to terrorists and viruses. Bless his memory, his family, and his colleagues at the gate.”
Many thanked him for his decades of service at the nation’s capital.
“My deepest condolences to Corporal Lawrence Onley's daughter and his fiancé,” retired New York State Police First Sergeant Thomas Webb wrote. “May his soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of United States Department of Defense Naval District Washington Police Department Corporal Lawrence Onley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.