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Ind. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Officer Gary Weinke, 67, is the first state corrections officer to die from COVID-19


Gary Weinke, 67, succumbed to complications of COVID-19 on April 25.

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By Sarah Calams

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana corrections officer died Saturday from COVID-19 complications. reported that Gary Weinke, 67, worked at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. His wife is also a corrections officer at the same facility.

Weinke’s last day at work was on March 29. He reported experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and later tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Our condolences go out to his wife Naomi, his family, and his friends,” Acting Warden Frank Littlejohn said. “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.”

Weinke’s death, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections, is the first death of a state corrections officer.

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