Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Department of Corrections (HCDOC) Correctional Police Officer Zeb Craig died on May 10 following a battle against COVID-19.
The 56-year-old correctional police officer worked his last shift on April 9, NJ.com reported.
He began experiencing complications from the novel coronavirus and was admitted to the Bayonne Medical Center, where his health significantly improved.
Correctional Police Officer Craig was released from the hospital approximately one week before his death, and was planning to return to work before the end of the month, NJ.com reported.
He succumbed to complications of COVID-19 at his home on the morning of May 10.
Correctional Police Officer Craig began his law enforcement career working at a juvenile detention center in June of 2007, Hudson County Jail Director Ron Edwards told the Hudson County View.
He was hired at the Hudson County Corrections and Rehabilitation Center in Kearny in 2013, NJ.com reported.
Correctional Police Officer Craig was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, according to the Bergen Record.
“Zeb was a really good individual. He immortalized ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’ because he came off as stoic and standoffish and that couldn’t have been further from the truth,” Director Edwards told the Hudson County View.
“He served our department with distinction and a lot of pride,” the director continued. “He was a true gentleman and he’d do any task that you gave him.”
Correctional Police Officer Craig leaves behind his wife, Donnie, and his daughter, Laurel, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his siblings, two grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends and extended family members.
Correctional Police Officer Craig will be laid to rest on Tuesday, the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association said in a Facebook post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hudson County Department of Corrections Correctional Police Officer Zeb Craig, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.