Hero Down: Texas Corrections Officer James 'Jimmy' Coleman Dies From COVID-19
Abilene, TX – Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Corrections Officer James “Jimmy” Coleman died on April 28 after contracting COVID-19.
The 53-year-old corrections officer worked his last shift at the Middleton Unit on April 26, the TDCJ said in a press release.
He began feeling sick while at home the following day, and ultimately collapsed.
Corrections Officer Coleman was rushed to a local hospital, where he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
He succumbed to COVID-19 on April 28, just one day after he began experiencing symptoms.
“There is no measure of the unexpected loss of someone we hold dear,” TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier said in the press release. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with those close to Officer Coleman. We can only hope that is of some comfort to his friends and family.”
Corrections Officer Coleman served the TDCJ for 22 years, according to his obituary.
“He was loved by many and was a friend to all,” the tribute read.
Corrections Officer Coleman leaves behind his wife, Sharon, as well as his stepsons, Jayton and Brody.
He is also survived by his siblings, multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
“Jimmy had the most sincere smile and was always so pleasant when I would see him,” Abilene resident Laurie McKay wrote in a memorial tribute. “The world was a better place with Jimmy in it. Prayers for family and friends.”
Corrections Officer Coleman was laid to rest on May 8.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Corrections Officer James “Jimmy” Coleman, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.