Corrections Officer V Glenn R. Skeens, Jr.

Corrections Officer V Glenn R. Skeens, Jr.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Glenn R. Skeens, Jr.

Correctional Officer V Glenn Skeens died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Alfred D. Hughes Correctional Institution in Gatesville.

Officer Skeens had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 34 years. He is survived by his fiancé and three children.

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 58
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, September 3, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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I am volunteering this weekend in support of the Texas Police Officers Memorial Ride from San Antonio to the Texas state capitol in Austin. I am participating in honor of Corrections Officer Glenn R Skeens Jr.
To Officer Skeens family, I thank you for the sacrifice your family made to the state of Texas. I have prayed for your family this weekend. May God bless you all

Lori Warren

April 28, 2024

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