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TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Garland Chaney
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.
73-year-old Garland Chaney, Correctional Officer IV, assigned to the Skyview Unit, died on October 5, 2021.
Officer Chaney began his TDCJ career in September 2014 and was assigned to the Hodge Unit. He resigned in August 2015 and was rehired in January 2019 to the Skyview Unit.
Officer Chaney tested positive for the virus on September 27, 2021, and was admitted to a hospital in Jacksonville. On September 29, 2021, Officer Chaney informed his supervisor that he was stable. The Skyview administration spoke with Officer Chaney’s family on October 2, 2021, who said he continued to be stable. On October 5, 2021, one of Officer Chaney’s relatives notified leadership that he had passed early that afternoon while still hospitalized.
“The losses to the TDCJ family as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic continue,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer Chaney worked for TDCJ for only a short time but took his assignment seriously and his service will not be forgotten. The agency extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers at the Skyview Unit.”
Skyview Unit Senior Warden Larry Berger said Officer Chaney was often assigned to the perimeter pickets. “As a testament to his character, Officer Chaney was apologetic for missing work because he felt like he was letting down his co-workers when he wasn’t with them,” he said. “He maintained a positive attitude and was looking forward to getting better and returning to work at the Skyview Unit.” Warden Berger added that Officer Chaney greeted everyone with a smile and always spoke kindly with whoever he met.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had seventy employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.