Correctional Officer James Dimanoff

Correctional Officer James Dimanoff

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1997

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James Dimanoff

Corrections Officer James Dimanoff was killed after falling from a guard tower while trying to secure a trap door.

After climbing up several flights on a ladder of the tower he was assigned to, he fell through the trap door and was fatally injured.
Officer Dimanoff served at Gatesville. He is survived by his two sons.

Bio

  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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Jim and Ruth were our nextdoor neighbors. In January 1997 Ruth died leaving Jim a widower. He spent a lot of time at our home as we were great friends. It was I who the prison notified when Jim was hurt. I notified Jimmy who in turn notified Derek. My wife and I drove to Gatesville Memorial Hospital, but Jim was transferred to Scott & White in Temple. Doctors gave him all but two pints of his blood type as they felt he would not survive. I climed to the picket where TDC claims Jim fell. Jim was a great friend and a tunnel rat in Vietnam.

Major Larry L. Letzer Sr. USA, retired.
Friend, neighbor and his financial advisor.

December 2, 2018

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