Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division, Texas
End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 2021
Corrections Officer V Melissa Maldonado died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while assigned to the Garza West Unit at 4250 TX- 202 in Beeville.
Officer Maldonado had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division for over 12 years. She is survived by her father, sister, brother, and two nephews.
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.