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November 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Rodrick Rodgers

Rodrick Rodgers
FSM Rodrick Rodgers

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

45-year-old Food Service Manager Rodrick Rodgers had nearly 11 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Eastham Unit in Huntsville. He was hospitalized with COVID symptoms and tested positive on November 4, 2020, and was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit in Conroe, but sadly Rodgers died in the afternoon hours of November 11, 2020.

“There is no loss greater than the loss of a family member,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “That is exactly what the loss of Rodrick Rodgers is to us. TDCJ is a family and any loss impacts every part of that family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rodgers family, as Rodrick’s loving heart will never be forgotten.”

“His first impression was so impactful, you knew exactly who he was, a genuinely loving man,” said Eastham Unit Senior Warden Donald Muniz, “It was uncanny how Mr. Rodgers understood grace and mercy. Professionally he was an example to follow.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had 22 employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.