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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Jose A. Hernandez

CO V Jose A. Hernandez
CO V Jose A. Hernandez

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

47-year-old Jose A. Hernandez, Correctional Officer V at the Torres Unit, died on September 13, 2021. Officer Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19, became ill, and was admitted to Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio on August 27, 2021, where he was being monitored. Unfortunately, his condition declined and he passed on September 13, 2021.

Officer Hernandez had over 11 years of service with TDCJ, all at the Torres Unit.

“The TDCJ family extends its thoughts and prayers to the family of Officer Hernandez. He dedicated over a decade of his life to serving the TDCJ, and we are grateful for his service.” said Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He will be sincerely missed by his friends and co-workers.”

“Officer Hernandez was a stellar and dedicated employee of TDCJ who always volunteered to take extra shifts or to help a co-worker whenever needed,” said Torres Unit Senior Warden Kevin Belt. “He was a hero and his service to the agency will not be forgotten,” he added.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had fifty-nine employees die in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.