Corrections Officer V Jerry Esparza

Corrections Officer V Jerry Esparza

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Jerry Esparza

Corrections Officer V Jerry Esparza died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Jester III Unit in Richmond, Texas.

Officer Esparza had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 17, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

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August 12, 2020

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