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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Echo Rodriguez

CO III Echo Rodriguez
CO III Echo Rodriguez

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

37-year-old Echo Rodriguez, a Correctional Officer III at the Garza West Unit, died on September 12, 2021. She tested positive for COVID-19 on August 19, 2021.

Officer Rodriguez was hospitalized on August 24, 2021, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Spohn Bee County Hospital and passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on September 12, 2021.

Officer Rodriguez began her service with the agency in 2005 and left in 2014. She was reemployed by the agency on June 1, 2021.

“The TDCJ is grieving the loss of so many employees, and continues to hold these families up in prayer.” said Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer Rodriguez was recently welcomed back to the TDCJ family and was an immediate role model for others. She had a passion for her work that she openly shared with others. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.”

“Since returning to work for TDCJ, Officer Rodriguez has been a mentor to other on-the-job trainees,” said Garza West Senior Warden Michael Crow. “She loved sharing her knowledge and passion for the job with her fellow trainees,” he added.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had fifty-eight employees die in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.