In Memory of Correctional Corporal Terrell K. Jordan
Florida residents have been very heartbroken over the number of losses their state has experienced in law enforcement due to COVID19. It was difficult for residents to hear the news again this year. On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Correctional Corporal Terrell K. Jordan, age 46, died due to complications of the virus, which he caught in the line of duty.
Correctional Corporal Jordan had served as a sworn officer with the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for more than 17 years. When he contracted the virus, Jordan served at the Metro West Detention Center in Doral, Florida.
Texas and Florida are the states who have lost the most officers to the deadly virus. Texas has lost more than 150 officers in the past two years to COVID19. Ranking second, Florida has lost 62 officers in the last two years, and 53 of them were due to COVID19.
With a need to keep officers on the job and protect our country during this pandemic, federal legislation was created to protect the families of these officers from financial disaster. If an active-duty officer dies from contracting the virus, it is given line of duty death status to give full death benefits to the families. This action was necessary when the country faced an ongoing quarantine and officers, and other first responders were put at a higher risk of infection.
Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Florida
Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is unique in that the county has such a large population that it requires an entire department to manage its facilities. As a result, the Miami-Dade DOC is still under the supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections.
Jordan had served with the Miami-Dade DOC. His last assignment was at Metro West. This correctional department provides services to Miami-Dade County and its thirty municipal police departments, the county police department, and other state agencies.
Miami-Dade County of Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (MDCR) is the seventh-largest county jail system in the country. The agency has nearly 3000 employees, many sworn corrections officers. The MDCR operates six detention facilities with a daily average of approximately 7000 inmates. The daily average for bookings is 312 arrests per day.
Correctional Corporal Terrell K. Jordan leaves behind his wife and son. Jordan’s son will join the hundreds of thousands of American youths who have lost a parent or primary caregiver to the virus. Local law enforcement agencies and other groups will help the Jordan family with appropriate arrangements and ceremonies. In addition, support will be needed from neighbors and friends for the Jordan family to lean on as they face these difficult times.
Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office shared condolences online for the Jordan family. “To the family, friends, and coworkers of Correctional Corporal Terrell K. Jordan, I am terribly sorry for your loss. Terrell is in a much better place now. May God watch over you all during this most difficult of times. God’s speed, Sir!”
Sergeant Darren Weisse of the Tufts University Police Department thanked Corporal Jordan. “RIP Correctional Corporal Jordan. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Miami-Dade County.”