Indiana Department of Correction reports first loss of a Correctional Officer due to COVID-19

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CARLISLE, Ind. (WEHT) –On Saturday, The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) reported that Correctional Officer, 67-year-old Gary Weinke, died due to complications of COVID-19. 

This was the first death of a state correctional officer as a result of contracting COIVD-19.

Officer Weinke began his career at WVCF as a Stores Clerk in the Commissary in March, 2007, and later transferred to custody. 

He was assigned as a relief officer working several posts throughout the facility, and later found his home — working the pod in the Special Confinement Unit. 

His wife, Naomi Weinke, is also a Correctional Officer at WVCF.

Acting Warden Frank Littlejohn stated, “Our condolences go out to his wife Naomi, his family, and his friends.  He was a one-of-a-kind officer who touched the lives of many of those that he worked closest with.  He will be truly missed.”

Sunday, March 29 was Officer Weink’s last day working at WVCF. 

It was later reported to leadership at WVCF that he had symptoms of the virus and later tested positive for COVID-19.

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(This story was originally published on April 27, 2020)

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