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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Shad Hammond

Sgt. Shad Hammond
Sgt. Shad Hammond

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

47-year-old Shad Hammond, a sergeant at the Clemens Unit in Brazoria, died on September 13, 2021.

Sergeant Hammond began displaying symptoms of the virus on September 1, 2021, and tested positive on September 2, 2021. On September 6, 2021, he was transported to UTMB Galveston due to complications attributed to the virus. He passed in the early morning hours on September 13, 2021.

“For over two and a half decades, Sergeant Hammond served the citizens of Texas with distinction and honor,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “His courage, commitment, integrity, and perseverance – core values of the agency – were always on display. We mourn his passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers,” he added.

Sergeant Hammond was employed by the TDCJ for over 26 years. He enjoyed traveling with his family and he had a passion for the outdoors and sports. Sergeant Hammond is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“Sergeant Hammond was a good supervisor and beloved by his peers and fellow co-workers,” said Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin. “His loss will be felt for many years to come.”

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