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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


February 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of John Broadaway

John Broadaway
Correctional Officer IV
Jordan Unit

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

68-year-old John Broadaway, Correctional Officer IV at the Rufe Jordan Unit, died from complications with COVID-19 on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Officer Broadaway tested positive for COVID-19 on January 12, 2022, and was admitted to a hospital in Amarillo where his condition deteriorated and he passed on February 8, 2022. Officer Broadaway began his TDCJ career in 2016 at the Rufe Jordan Unit.

“Officer Broadaway was a dedicated officer whose service to the state of Texas was an example to all who knew him,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The TDCJ family feels every loss and we extend our deepest condolences to Officer Broadaway’s family, friends, and co-workers.”

Rufe Jordan Unit Senior Warden Robert Almanza said, “John Broadaway was a dedicated correctional officer who was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a great attitude, a positive spirit, and he will be missed by all of us at the Rufe Jordan Unit.”

Officer Broadaway was married and had five children, fifteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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