Baker community remembers police lieutenant who died of COVID

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BAKER, La (BRPROUD) – Lieutenant DeMarcus Dunn’s patrol unit is covered with balloons, teddy bears, wreaths and cards from the community.

Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn said Lt. Dunn may have gotten COVID-19 from work and died last week from complications of the virus, one day before his wedding.

“Everybody was looking forward to this wonderful occasion and on August the 13th the virus took him away from us,” said Chief Dunn.

Chief Dunn said Lt. Dunn had a big connection with the community and mentoring kids.

“He coached little league. He coached pee-wee basketball. Year-round he was looking for a reason to be with these kids. He wanted to be that father figure,” he said.

Councilman Robert Young said, “It’s really touching and very sad. I’m really doing an injustice, because they have so many people that can say so many good things about Officer Dunn. His alumni are just broken up.”

Lt. Dunn was a military veteran and graduated from Baker High School. He leaves behind a fiancé and children.

“He left a one-year-old, a five-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter,” said Chief Dunn.

“Every time he saw me he always had videos of his daughter. He showed me his daughter’s schedule,” said Young.

Lt. DeMarcus Dunn worked with Baker Police for 10 years.

Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Friday at 8 a.m. at the Bethany Church on Plank Road.

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