Jackson County correctional officer dies from COVID-19


GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WDHN) — A corrections officer from Graceville, Florida, has died from COVID-19, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Correctional Sergeant Robert Rogers is the first officer to have succumbed to the disease, having died on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Rogers worked at the Graceville Work Camp at the time, a facility with more than 1,600 FDC employees and contractors that got the virus over the last few months..

“No amount of preparedness can alleviate the feelings that come with the news of losing a colleague,” Secretary Mark Inch said. “Sergeant Rogers committed his life to selfless service to the state of Florida as a corrections professional and we are deeply saddened by his passing. We are praying for Sergeant Roger’s family, friends and fellow staff members during this very difficult time as we remember the impact he had on the lives of those around him.”

Rogers began working for the FDC in 1991.

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