Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division, Texas
End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Corrections Officer V Chris Watson died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Hodge Correctional Facility at 379 FM 2972 West in Rusk.
Corrections Officer Watson had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.