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June 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Thomas Ogungbire

Correctional Officer Thomas Ogungbire.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

54-year-old Correctional Officer V Thomas Ogungbire’s death is currently under investigation. Ogungbire called in sick to the Hutchins State Jail in Dallas on April 14, 2020. On April 20th, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized with symptoms. On May 17th, Ogungbire was transferred to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Recently, Officer Ogungbire was making progress and had been weaned off oxygen, but he took an unexpected turn for the worse and passed away yesterday evening. He was a 10-year veteran of TDCJ.

“Officer Ogungbire could not have fought harder and we had prayed that he would win his fight,” said Bryan Collier Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “Losing someone you hold dear has no measure. The fact that Officer Ogungbire fought so hard for so long makes that even tougher. We can only hope that the thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are some comfort to his friends and family.”

Honoring Mr. Ogungbire in the 210th Texas Board of Criminal Justice Meeting, Chairman Patrick O’Daniel gave a glimpse into the spirit of the man whose passing is felt by so many. “Joyous, polite and humble are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Correctional Officer Thomas Ogungbire,” said O’Daniel. “He enjoyed working with the other staff members at the facility and greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word that would brighten your day. Those that knew him best describe him as generous and loveable, he was not only a great co-worker but also a true friend.”

Thomas Adedayo Ogungbire is survived by his wife Elizabeth, their two sons Tunji and Ayo, and the rest of the extended family. His family says he was a great father, friend, a lover of Christ, and a hardworking individual.