In Memoriam 2021

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Investigator
Dusty Wainscott
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Investigator Dusty Wainscott collapsed and died after chasing and getting into a physical altercation with two suspects who fled on foot during a traffic stop near Park Place and McGee Street in Sherman.

Investigator Wainscott had served with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. He had also served with the Van Alstyne Police Department and Pottsboro Police Department. He is survived by his wife and parents.

 
City Marshal
Michael Allen Keathley
City of West Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, September 3, 2021

City Marshal Michael Keathley died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Marshal Keathley was a United States Navy veteran. He served with the City of West Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Carlos D. Ortiz
Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Ortiz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Ortiz served with the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Sergeant
Jason Donaldson
Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sergeant Jason Donaldson died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Caldwell County Jail.

Sergeant Donaldson served with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Corrections Officer
James N. Henry
Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, August 27, 2021

Corrections Officer James Henry died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at the Hays County Jail .

Officer Henry served with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in San Marcos, Texas for over 22 years. He is survived by his wife and one daughter.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Senior Sergeant
Steve Urias
Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Senior Sergeant Steve Urias died as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Urias worked for the Austin Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Sergeant
Christopher Ray Wilson
Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sergeant Christopher Wilson died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Wilson had served with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 17 years. He is survived by his four children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Senior Police Officer
Randolph “Randy” Boyd, Jr.
Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Senior Police Officer Randy Boyd died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working patrol.

Officer Boyd served with the Austin Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and twin sons.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Sergeant
Clay Garrison
Port of Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Sergeant Clay Garrison died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Garrison served with the Port of Galveston Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Detective
Manuel “Chris” Widner
Paris Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 22, 2021

Detective Chris Widner died from complications of contracting COVID-19 while performing his duties as an investigator.

Detective Widner served with the Paris Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Police Officer
Matthew Adam Jimenez
Beeville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 22, 2021

Patrolman Matthew Jimenez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Patrolman Jimenez served with the Beeville Police Department for one year. He is survived by his parents, fiancé, two brothers and a sister.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Sergeant
Kuo-Sheng “Johnny” Wang
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Sergeant Johnny Wang died from complications of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Wang served with the South Houston Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Border Patrol Agent
Ricardo Zarate
U. S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Rio Grande Valley
McAllen, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, August 16, 2021

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas.

Agent Zarate had served with the United States Border Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the McAllen Station.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Shaun Waters
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 1, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Shaun Waters died from complications of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Waters had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years and was assigned to District 4.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Police Officer
Lewis “Andy” Traylor
Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Police Officer Andy Traylor succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash three days earlier while responding to an emergency call for service at about 2:10 am.

He was traveling on FM 969 when a tractor-trailer attempted to make a U-turn in front of him at Decker Lane. Officer Traylor was unable to avoid a collision and his patrol car became pinned beneath the trailer. He was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital. He remained on life support and passed away on July 31st, 2021, after his organs were donated.

Officer Traylor was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Austin Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

 
Border Patrol Agent
Edgardo Acosta-Feliciano
U. S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
El Paso, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Border Patrol Agent Edgardo Acosta-Feliciano died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Agent Acosta-Feliciano was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the United States Border Patrol for 15 years and was assigned to the Deming Station in the El Paso Sector. He had previously served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, father, and five siblings.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Lieutenant
Gilbert Clayton McClure
Texarkana Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Lieutenant Clay McClure died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Lieutenant McClure had served with the Texarkana Police Department for 25 years and had previously served with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and grandchildren.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Police Officer
Ricky Neal Roberts
McLennan Community College Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, July 19, 2021

Police Officer Ricky Roberts died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Roberts had served with the McLennan Community College Police Department for three years and had previously served with the Texas State Technical College Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Reserve Deputy
Tom Larry Hoobler
Childress County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 17, 2021

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tom Hoobler suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after directing traffic during an unusually hot and humid day at a parade as part of the Childress Old Settlers Rodeo.

He had completed his traffic detail when he responded to assist with a disabled tractor-trailer on U.S. 287 east of Childress. He passed away while sitting in his patrol while waiting for a tow truck.

Reserve Deputy Hoobler had served with the Childress County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, daughters, brother, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 
Sergeant
Joshua Bartlett
Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Sergeant Josh Bartlett was shot and killed during a barricade at a home in the 1100 block of 10th Street in Levelland.

Earlier in the morning, the subject had been stopped by a Texas Highway Patrol trooper for reckless driving and attempted to bait the officer into a confrontation. The subject returned home after the encounter and began walking around the neighborhood with a firearm at about 1:15 pm. When officers with the Levelland Police Department arrived, the man opened fire on them and then barricaded himself inside. The regional SWAT team was requested as the man randomly fired shots from the home.

Sergeant Bartlett and three other members of the SWAT team were shot as they engaged the subject. Sergeant Bartlett was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland where he succumbed to his wounds. Several other team members were wounded, one critically.

The subject was taken into custody at about 11:30 pm.

 
Detective
Juan “John” Delgado
Bay City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Detective John Delgado died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective Delgado was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Bay City Police Department for 24 years and had served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Port Lavaca Police Department, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife and three adult children. All three of his children also serve in law enforcement.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

 
Lieutenant
Clinton Joseph Ventrca
Corinth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Lieutenant Clint Ventrca died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while attending training in Harris County.

Lieutenant Ventrca had served with the Corinth Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, parents, and siblings.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States

 
Sergeant
Paul Mooney
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 14, 2021

Sergeant Paul Mooney died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Mooney was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 13 years and was assigned as a field recruiter for the West Texas Region. He is survived by his seven children and six grandchildren.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Dustin Kyle Speckels
Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, May 30, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Dustin Speckels died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while assigned to the Hays County Narcotics Task Force.

Deputy Speckels had served with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office for almost 13 years and had previously served with the San Angelo Police Department for two years. His survived by his wife and two children.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Border Agent
Juan Manuel Urrutia
US Dept. Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Brownsville, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, May 28, 2021

Border Patrol Agent Juan Urrutia died as the result of complications from contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Agent Urrutia had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years and was assigned to the Brownsville Border Patrol Station in Brownsville, Texas. He is survived by his wife, three brothers, and two sisters.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States

 
Assistant Chief (Retired)
Brian J. Lumpkin
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Retired Houston Police Assistant Chief Brian J. Lumpkin passed away May 23rd,2021 at age 62. He joined the Houston PD on Feb 8th,198. During his career prior to retirement on April 27th,2013 Brian J. Lumpkin was assigned to Northeast Emergency Communications, Southwest, Southeast C.I.D. and South Gessner. On May 8th, 2004 he was promoted to Assistant Chief and Commanded IAD, Neighborhood Protection, and Organizational Development.
Brian J Lumpkin was a strong promoter of Physical Fitness and for many years was involved in the HPD bike relay team which rode 1500-2500 miles each June on nationwide tours raising money for Lymphoma-Leukemia research.
In 2012 Brian was inducted into the TPAF HOF after years of competing and excelling in Cycling events often in Triathlon, Duathlon, or Ironman competitions.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Stephen Jones
Concho County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, May 10, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Jones and Deputy Sheriff Samuel Leonard were shot and killed while responding to a complaint about a dog in the 100 block of Bryan Street in Eden, Texas.

An altercation occurred as both deputies, along with an Eden municipal employee, made contact with a subject at a residence. The subject fatally shot both deputies and critically wounded the city employee before barricading himself inside of the home. The city mayor, who lived nearby, talked the man into surrendering approximately 30 minutes later.

The man has been charged with two counts of capital murder of a police officer.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Samuel Leonard
Concho County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, May 10, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Leonard and Deputy Sheriff Stephen Jones were shot and killed while responding to a complaint about a dog in the 100 block of Bryan Street in Eden, Texas.

An altercation occurred as both deputies, along with an Eden municipal employee, made contact with a subject at a residence. The subject fatally shot both deputies and critically wounded the city employee before barricading himself inside of the home. The city mayor, who lived nearby, talked the man into surrendering approximately 30 minutes later.

The man has been charged with two counts of capital murder of a police officer.

 
Border Patrol Agent
Freddie Vasquez
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
El Paso, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Border Patrol Agent Freddie Vasquez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Border Patrol Agent Vasquez had served with the United States Border Patrol for 19 years and was assigned to the Hondo Pass Station in El Paso, Texas. He is survived by his wife, three sons, daughter, parents, and two brothers.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Deputy Sheriff
Alexander Gwosdz
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

 

End of Watch: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Gwosdz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Gwosdz had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for nine years.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Corrections Officer
Jimmy Garcia
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Amarillo, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Corrections Officer Jimmy Garcia died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to the Neal Unit in Amarillo, Texas.

Officer Garcia was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for five years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother, and 10 siblings.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States

 
Trooper
Chad Walker
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Trooper Chad Walker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when he was ambushed while stopping to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle near Mexia, Texas.

He was travelling on FM 2838, near U.S. Highway 84, when he observed the vehicle parked on the shoulder at about 7:45 pm. As he pulled behind the vehicle, the driver exited and opened fire with a handgun, shooting through the windshield of the patrol car before it had come to a full stop. Trooper Walker was struck in the head and abdomen.

The driver fled into a wooded area and remained at large until committing suicide the following day.

Trooper Walker was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he could not survive his wounds. He was kept on life support until March 31st, 2021, when his organs were donated.

Trooper Walker had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for six years and had 18 years of law enforcement experience. He had previously served with the Groesbeck Police Department, Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, 15-year-old son, twin 7-year-old daughters, and a two-month-old daughter.

 
Corrections Officer
Luis Arturo Hernandez, Sr.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Diboll, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Corrections Officer Art Hernandez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to the Rufus H. Duncan Unit in Diboll, Texas.

Officer Hernandez had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Police Commander (Retired)
Roberto Avitia, Jr.
Brownsville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Robert was employed by the Brownsville Police Department for 36 years and retired as Police Commander in 2011. During his tenure, he received numerous letters of commendation for his accomplishments in the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2004 he was appointed as Police Commander where he served until his retirement.

Robert was an active member and supporter of the Texas Police Games and was instrumental in promoting the Games when in the South Texas Region. He also competed and won numerous medals in the events, primarily Bowling. He was one of the local coordinators for the 2020 Games before it was cancelled due to Covid-19. He had served as the Local Bowling Coordinator for the 2021 Games.

Robert was very involved in the Police Games especially when helping to get the Games hosted in the Brownsville/South Padre Island area. He loved the camaraderie it brought with officers gathering from all over the state. He represented the Games and Brownsville always in a happy positive manner.

Robert was well respected and had made numerous friends over the years while competing and assisting with the Texas Police Games.

Robert is survived by his wife, his three sons, his brother, his sisters and five grandchildren.

 
Correctional Officer III
Tracey Adams
Texas Department Criminal Justice
Correctional Division
Beaumont, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Correctional Officer III Tracey Adams died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Mark W. Stiles Unit in Beaumont, Texas.

Officer Adams had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for only two months.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Officer
Carlos Mendoza
US Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Pharr, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Officer Carlos Mendoza died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Pharr Cargo Facility in Pharr, Texas.

Officer Mendoza had served with the United States Customs and Border Protection – Office of Field Operations and the legacy United States Customs Service for 22 years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Parole Officer
Troy K. Morin
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Parole Division
San Antonio, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Parole Officer Troy Morin died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Parole Officer Morin had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Parole Division for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the San Antonio I Parole Office. He is survived by his children, mother, stepfather, and two sisters.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Tawiwo Obele
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Palestine, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Beto Unit in Palestine, Texas.

Officer Obele had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19

 
Major
Estaban “Stevie” Ramirez, III
Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Major Stevie Ramirez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure at the Bell County Jail at 2401 S. Loop 121 in Belton.

Major Ramirez had served with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Deputy Constable
Manuel Phillipe De La Rosa
Hays County Constable’s- Precinct 2 Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Deputy Constable Manuel De La Rosa died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while serving papers.

Deputy Constable De La Rosa had served in law enforcement for 15 years. He had previously served with the Bridgeport Police Department, Sunset Valley Police Department, Texas State University Police Department, and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his daughter, father, and sister.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Police Officer
Mitchell Penton
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Police Officer Mitchell Penton was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver at about 1:45 am.

He was working at the scene of a vehicle collision in the northbound lanes of the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane. He was securing traffic with the emergency lights from his patrol car when a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the back of his patrol car. The collision pushed the patrol car into Officer Penton.

Officer Penton was transported to Baylor University Medical Center when he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Penton was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter of a police officer and intoxication assault.

Officer Penton had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.

Officer Penton is survived by his wife and their unborn child.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Vicky James
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bonham, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Vicky James died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Choice Moore Unit in Bonham, Texas.

Officer James had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for four years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Investigator
Eddie B. Hutchison, III
Walker County Criminal District’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Investigator Eddie Hutchison died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Investigator Hutchison had served in law enforcement for over 27 years. He had previously served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and mother.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Detective
Pedro Junior “Pete” Majia
Pasadena Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 6, 2021

Detective Pete Mejia died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Detective Mejia had served with the Pasadena Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the Narcotics Division. He is survived by his daughters, mother, brother, sister, and maternal grandparents.
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Detention Officer
Robert Perez
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Detention Officer Robert Perez died as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Harris County Jail.

Detention Officer Perez was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for five years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Special Agent
Robert Allan Mayer, Jr
United States Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Del Rio, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 30, 2021

Special Agent Robert Mayer died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Special Agent Mayer had served with the United Customs and Border Protection – Office of Professional Responsibility for two years and was assigned to the Del Rio Sector. He had previously served with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations for 17 years and the Val Verde County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and mother.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Lieutenant
Treva Preston
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bryan, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 15, 2021

Lieutenant Treva Preston died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Hamilton Unit in Bryan, Texas.

Lieutenant Preston had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 16 years.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Alfred Jimenez
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Plainview, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 15, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Alfred Jimenez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak amount employees and inmates at the Formby Unit in Plainview.

Officer Jimenez had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for five years. He is survived by his niece whom he raised.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sheriff (Retired)
Danny Ray Simmons
Crane Co. SO, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Former Sheriff Danny Ray Simmons passed away January 14, 2021 in San Angelo, Texas due to complications as the result of contracting COVID-19.

He proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1975-1979 and then for Portland PD, Crockett County, Crane PD, and as Crane County Sheriff from 1979-2004.

He was hired as an LEP contractor through the Department of Defense and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as the head of the Bagdad Police Academy College and Army IED bombing investigator from 2005-2015.

Danny competed for several years in the Texas Police Games playing Golf and enjoying the competition as well as the fellowship with all the other officers

He is survived by his wife Cindy Simmons, children and grandchildren.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Constable
Sherry Kay Langford
Henderson County Constable’s Office
Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Constable Kay Langford died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Constable Langford had served as the elected constable of Henderson County Precinct 1 for four years and had previously served with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years. She had been shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty early in her career. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Lieutenant
William Lyle Gardner
Denver City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 2021

Lieutenant William Gardner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while assisting EMS personnel on a medical call involving a COVID-19 positive patient in the 100 block of Rogers Circle.

Lieutenant Gardner had served with the Denver City Police Department for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Police Officer
John Henry Smith (Retired)
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, January 4, 2021

In 1983, John joined the Houston Police Academy, graduating in Class 116, under the leadership of Chief Lee P. Brown. There, he spent 29 years, retiring on December 7, 2012. While on the force, John received numerous honors, ranging from the Drug Task Force, Identi-Child Program, and the Community Relations Committee, where he lectured at schools and community events. John worked at the Northwest Patrol Station, Teleserve Division, and Ranchester Storefront. He excelled in marksmanship, receiving the rank of distinguished expert shooter. In his past time, John immensely loved gun and bow hunting, fishing, shooting at the gun and archery range, as well as making his own ammunition. He participated in competitive archery and organized softball, and he made repeated appearances at the Texas Police Olympic Games, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for archery in 2011. John’s pure heart was seen, known, and loved by countless individuals. He touched an immeasurable amount of lives in his 69 years on earth, up until the day of his passing, due to heart failure, Monday, 01/04/2021. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 
Sergeant
Randall Sims
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Brownwood, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sergeant Randall Sims died from complications after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Havins Unit in Brownwood, Texas.

Sergeant Sims had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 27 years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sergeant
Bruce Watson
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 2, 2021

Sergeant Bruce Watson was killed in a motorcycle crash near the intersection of Shadow Creek Parkway and Kingsley Drive in Pearland.

He had just completed a funeral escort when his department motorcycle collided with an SUV. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Watson was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and grandchild. His wife serves with the Houston Police Department.

 

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