It was with great sadness leadership at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) reported that on Saturday, April 25 67 year old Correctional Officer Gary Weinke succumbed 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 Department on March 26, 2007. He later transferred to custody. He was assigned to the I-Bracket as a relief officer working several posts throughout the facility. Officer Weinke eventually found his home working the pod in the Special Confinement Unit (SCU). His wife, Naomi Weinke, is also a Correctional Officer at WVCF. Sunday, March 29th 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. The Weinke family expressed their appreciation for the support received from the Department of Correction, the local community, and close friends. They also expressed their desire to mourn their loss in privacy.