Police Officer Robert Troy Joiner

Police Officer Robert Troy Joiner

Ector County Independent School District Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 2021

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Robert Troy Joiner

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.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 44 years
  • Badge 1234
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 19, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Two years and you are still missed.

Rick Henegar
ECISD Police Dept.

September 5, 2023

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