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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


August 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Daniel Giorgi

CO IV Daniel Giorgi
CO IV Daniel Giorgi

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

55-Year-Old Correctional Officer IV Daniel Giorgi had 4 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Dominguez Unit in San Antonio. Officer Giorgi’s last day of work was July 16, 2021, and he tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms on July 21, 2021. He was hospitalized and died on July 25, 2021.

“It has been two months since the TDCJ family has had to share this terrible news; another loss too soon,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer Giorgi could always be counted on to do everything he was asked for by the TDCJ and now the TDCJ family is there for him and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Karen and three children.”

“He was the true professional and embodied what it meant to be a public servant,” said TDCJ Correctional Institutional Division Region Director Joel Gauna said. “Officer Giorgi was proud to wear the TDCJ uniform and regarded and spoke with high regard for the agency. He carried out his duties with the determination and dedication of a true correctional professional. Officer Giorgi's absence will be felt on many facilities, but we will always remember his smile and his infectious laugh. He will be greatly missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had forty-nine employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.