Corrections Officer V Christopher Damon Watson, Sr.

Corrections Officer V Christopher Damon Watson, Sr.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Christopher Damon Watson, Sr.

Corrections Officer V Chris Watson died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Hodge Correctional Facility at 379 FM 2972 West in Rusk.

Corrections Officer Watson had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for 26 years. He is survived by his wife 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 600 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.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 17, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Rest in peace Corrections Officer V Watson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2022

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