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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

July 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Jackson Pongay

Jackson Pongay.
CO IV Jackson Pongay

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

56-year-old Correctional Officer IV Jackson Pongay had more than 4 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Lychner State Jail in Humble. He last worked at the facility on June 25, 2020. After testing positive for COVID-19, Pongay had been being treated at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston since July 5, 2020. He had been stable, but passed away early Sunday morning July 19, 2020.

“The loss of someone selflessly serving Texas is hard to fathom,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The Texas Department of Criminal Justice family in gray is strong and so is the power of our thoughts and prayers which are with Officer Pongay’s family and friends. He is remembered always.”

“Officer Pongay was a kindhearted soul with a big personality that would go out of his way to assist fellow employees,” said Tanya Wilson Assistant Warden at the Pam Lychner State Jail. “He was never seen at work with a frown on his face, and he did not know a stranger. Jackson loved cooking and his specialty was food from his native West Liberia which he would share with everyone. He is missed.”

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