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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

April 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Luis Hernandez

CO Luis Hernandez
CO Luis Hernandez

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

58-year old correctional officer Luis Hernandez had more than 12 years of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Rufus H. Duncan Unit in Diboll. Previously he had served at the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville. Officer Hernandez became ill with COVID like symptoms, tested positive, and was hospitalized on March 8, 2021. He was placed in intensive care where he died from COVID related complications on March 31, 2021.

“It is a choice to serve. Luis Hernandez made that choice to help others,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer Hernandez was well respected among staff, loved his job, and his TDCJ family. His passing leaves a huge void at the Duncan Unit and with those who knew him. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.”

“Luis Hernandez was a truly devoted family man and was loved by many", said TDCJ Correctional Institutions Director Bobby Lumpkin. “Those who knew him will remember him as a man with a great sense of humor who took great pride in his job. Officer Hernandez’s passion was serving and helping others. There wasn’t a stranger or friend he would not speak or lend a hand to.” Officer Hernandez is survived by his wife and three children.

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