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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of CO V Herbert Garcia

CO V Herbert Garcia
CO V Herbert Garcia

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

57-year-old Correctional Officer V Herbert Garcia had nearly 30 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Southern Regional Transportation (SRT) Unit in Rosharon. On July 15, 2020, Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 and was transported the next day to Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugar Land the next day with complications. Officer Garcia passed away on August 18, 2020.

“Dedication to serve for nearly three decades takes a special person, a person like Officer Garcia,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Herbert was a father, a grandfather, and a friend to all who met him. The thoughts and prayers of the entire TDCJ family are with all of those mourning his loss.”

“Officer Garcia was a leader and mentor in the TDCJ family,” said Senior Warden Michael Franks. “He will always be known for his signature phrase, ‘I been doing this a long time.’ Officer Garcia was a spiritual man and a deacon in his church. There was not a day that Officer Garcia did not have a smile on his face and always enjoyed life. He will be greatly missed.”

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