Hero Down: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Lt. Garry Duplessis Succumbs To Coronavirus

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Orleans Parish Sheriff's Lieutenant Garry Duplessis served his department for 27 years.

New Orleans, LA – Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) Lieutenant Garry Duplessis died on April 28 after contracting COVID-19.

The 51-year-old lieutenant served the OPSO for 27 years, the department said in a press release.

Lt. Duplessis succumbed to the novel coronavirus approximately two weeks after OPSO Deputy Vanessa Mackey died from the same illness.

"It is our sad duty to report that a second valued member of the OPSO staff has passed away as a result of contracting COVID-19,” the OPSO said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and colleagues of these two members of our OPSO family. They will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all of us here at OPSO.”

The G.W. Carver Senior High School graduate was hired by the sheriff’s office in May of 1992, The Times-Picayune reported.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2013, and became a lieutenant in 2018.

Lt. Duplessis was assigned to the Orleans Justice Center’s central control, where he helped manage inmate tiers, The Times-Picayune reported.

The OPSO parked a marked patrol vehicle outside the Orleans Justice Center and hung black wreaths on the vehicle and at the jail entrance in honor of Lt. Duplessis and Deputy Mackey, the department said in a press release.

Lt. Duplessis leaves behind his wife, Cathy, as well as his mother, siblings, and “a host of other relatives and friends,” according to his obituary.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Garry Duplessis, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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RIP Lt. Duplessis. You life mattered.


RIP to both officers. Condolences to the family, friends and coworkers from your sisters and brothers in blue at the St. Bernard Sheriffs Office.



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