Corrections Officer V Phillip Holbert died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Formby State Jail in Plainview.
Officer Holbert had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, three grandchildren, and sister. His sister also served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.