Hero Down: Texas Correctional Officer Maria Mendez Succumbs To Coronavirus
Houston, TX – Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Correctional Officer Maria Mendez died on May 9, following a battle against COVID-19.
After working her shift on April 12, the 59-year-old correctional officer felt short of breath and began experiencing a cough and low-grade fever, the TDCJ said in a press release.
Three days later, she was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital in Houston, where she was placed on a ventilator.
Correctional Officer Mendez also tested positive for COVID-19.
She succumbed to the novel coronavirus on May 9, according to the TDCJ.
Correctional Officer Mendez worked at the agency’s Wynne Unit for 11 years, KTXS reported.
“Even in these unprecedented times there are moments that are especially jarring,” TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier said in the press release. “Losing any employee is difficult…The thoughts and prayers of the entire agency are with all the family and friends of [Correctional Officer Mendez].”
Correctional Officer Mendez leaves behind her four children, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Officer Maria Mendez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.