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August 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Lebouath Boua

CO IV Lebouath Boua
CO IV Lebouath Boua

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

61-year-old Correctional Officer IV Lebouath Boua had 4 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony. He last worked there on July 10, 2020 and tested positive for COVID-19 on July 18, 2020. TDCJ was informed by his family that Boua was hospitalized in critical condition at Medical City Arlington on July 29, 2020. Officer Boua died on August 11, 2020.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice pauses and mourns the loss of an employee to this terrible virus,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The passing of a dedicated public servant is a tragic loss with a wide-ranging impact. The family and friends of Lebouath Boua are in our thoughts and prayers. He will always be remembered.”

“He was respected among his peers always making a point to speak to everyone and ask how their day was going,” said Coffield Unit Senior Warden Kenneth Putnam. “His positive attitude was contagious and genuine. Officer Boua always had an easy manner about him and, and a big heart to match his smile. He will be greatly missed by all at the Coffield Unit.“

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