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.


  • 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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