The Rockaway community was left in mourning after NYPD Inspector Justin Lenz died unexpectedly on Thursday. June 18. Lenz was a nearly 30-year member of the NYPD, who spent some time serving as the Commanding Officer of Far Rockaway’s 101st Precinct. He allegedly died of a heart attack. Lenz was 55.
Lenz had joined the police force in 1990. He spent much of that time with the 76th Precinct, but from February 2015 to May 2017, he commanded the 101st Precinct. Most recently, he was the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Professional Development. Lenz was also a former U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major of the 42nd Infantry Division and had served in the Iraq War in 2003.
“Hearts all over Far Rockaway are broken today with devastating news that former C.O. Justin Lenz has passed away,” the 101st Precinct tweeted the day after Lenz died. “He was a selfless patriot who dedicated his professional life to public service. Our prayers go out to his family as we all mourn the loss of this true leader/friend.”
“Inspector Lenz was an incredible leader, mentor, and was loved by those under his command. He was a friend to all and will truly be missed,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. “My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Lenz, who lived in Bellmore, is survived by his wife, Rita, and two children. A socially wake was held at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh, N.Y. on Monday, June 22. A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, June 23 at The Parish of Saint Barnabas in Bellmore. His direct family continued with the internment at Calverton National Cemetery.
By Katie McFadden
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