Detention Officer Julio Cesar Martinez

Detention Officer Julio Cesar Martinez

Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 2021

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Julio Cesar Martinez

Detention Officer Julio Martinez died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 300 S. Jackson Street in Waxahachie.

Officer Martinez had served with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

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 53
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 13, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Babe JC and daddy to our kids, I will always be thankful to Jesus for the beautiful loving, caring handsome husband, father and grandpa you are. You are the love of my Life, my God serving Loving Handsome Husband, bestfriend and Amazingly beautiful father to our 4 children and always will be. You were the head of our household, You loved & served God well in every area of your life. I miss you so much, I miss your voice, I miss your smile, I miss everything about you, I miss how you made me feel, and how much you made me laugh every day. Thank you for all the love letters and songs you sang to me every day and I still hear your beautiful voice so full of Life. Those are the Best 33 years of my Life being married to you! I will always keep you in my mind, my thoughts, my heart, and my soul. I love you so much for being a Soldier for Christ. You knew people is what Jesus was passionate about and you were definitely a Man after God's own heart. Thank you for sharing the message of Jesus Christ with every person, friend, co-worker, and stranger you came across at your work places. I am grateful to you for loving me so much and taking good care of me. I will continue to serve and honor God with my Life; just as you did. My heart is broken and sadden because you were taken away from us so soon. I know we have God's word and promises that we will be reunited forever with our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity in Heaven. I miss you so much, I miss being in your presence, I miss your Godly wisdom, and I miss hearing your voice. I know that in the deepest part of my soul that Death is not the end. You always told me to do right by God; because this Life on earth was only to prepare us for an eternity with Jesus Christ in Heaven. Babe, I love you so much until we see each other again, Please save a room for me up there with you, my Momma, your momma and our Savior Jesus Christ. Love you always, my high-school sweetheart and love of my life! Love you! always in my heart forever! unto Eternity, Beatrice

Beatrice De ases-Martinez

April 1, 2022

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