Corrections officer at Detroit facility dies of coronavirus

April 01, 2020, 5:17 PM by  Violet Ikonomova

Damon Burton. (Photo: Facebook)

A transportation officer from the Detroit Reentry Center has become the first Michigan Department of Corrections employee to die of complications from coronavirus.

Officer Damon Burton died Tuesday, according to a post on the Michigan Department of Corrections Honor Guard Facebook page.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and coworkers," the post said. "His loss is heart-wrenching and sad."

A friend posted separately that they would "always remember Damon for his quick wit and being one of the fastest runners on 8 Mile."

As of Wednesday night, 26 corrections officers throughout the state had tested positive for coronavirus, an MDOC spokesman said.

More than 150 inmates reportedly are infected across the state's 29 correctional facilities.


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