Ector County Independent School District Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 2021
Police Officer Robert Joiner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while assigned to Nimitz Middle School in Odessa.
Officer Joiner was a United States Army veteran. He had served with the Ector County Independent School District Police Department for 44 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchildren, and sister.
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.