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TDCJ correctional lieutenant assigned to Hamilton Unit in Bryan dies after contracting COVID-19

Treva Preston
Posted at 9:11 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 22:11:59-05

BRYAN, TX — A Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee assigned to the Hamilton Unit in Bryan has died after contracting COVID-19.

57-year-old Correctional Lieutenant Treva Preston dedicated more than 16 years of service to the state and the TDCJ.

She was hospitalized at a Bryan hospital on January 4 after testing positive for COVID-19. She died in the early morning hours of January 15.

“Treva Preston is a prime example of someone choosing to serve,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She was a training sergeant then Lieutenant who left a long-standing legacy at TDCJ. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice family will honor her service and grieve her loss. Our prayers are with the Preston family in these trying times. Treva Preston will always be remembered.”

“She was known as ‘Mama Bear’ for a reason,” said Bobby Lumpkin, TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division Director. “Treva Preston was always ready to serve. Years ago she transitioned into the correctional ranks from the Texas Youth Commission getting promotion after promotion. That shows her dedication not just to TDCJ but to the citizens of the State of Texas. She will be missed dearly.”

Thirty-six TDCJ employees have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.