COVID-19, Obituaries

Officer dies after testing positive for COVID‑19

Law enforcement vehicles follow a hearse.
CDCR and regional public safety personnel honored Correctional Officer Danny Mendoza with a large procession. He passed away after testing positive for coronavirus.

CDCR announced the May 30 death of California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) Correctional Officer Danny Mendoza who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am deeply saddened by this dedicated officer’s passing,” said CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz. “My prayers are with the Mendoza family during this challenging time. I know everyone at CDCR sends their condolences and support.”

A 24-year CDCR veterans, Officer Mendoza began as a cadet in 1996. After graduating, he was appointed to Calipatria State Prison. He then went on to California Rehabilitation Center in Norco in 2018, where he worked as a correctional officer until his death.

“I am heartbroken by the loss of one of our CRC family members,” CRC Warden Cynthia Tampkins said. “Officer Mendoza was loved and respected by his peers, he will be greatly missed.”

An exact cause of death will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

Honoring Mendoza with a vehicle procession on May 30 were:

  • CRC staff
  • Corona Police Department
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Corona Fire Department
  • Riverside County Fire Department
  • and Riverside County Coroner’s Office
A fire engine and firefighters stand on an overpass as a procession drives underneath.
A procession of public safety personnel joined CDCR in honoring Officer Mendoza.

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