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'Never A Dull Moment': Colleagues Mourn NJ Corrections Officer Who Died Of Coronavirus

Maria Gibbs
Maria Gibbs Photo Credit: NJDOC

A 47-year-old Burlington County corrections officer died of coronavirus complications Tuesday. 

Maria Gibbs, a senior corrections police officer, died of cardiac and kidney issues related to the virus, officials said.

She was the third corrections officer in New Jersey to have died of COVID-19. Her husband reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 but has not developed any symptoms.

Gibbs, formerly of Newark, posted a watermarked photo to Facebook that says: "I can't stay home. I'm a correctional officer."

She was a 19-year veteran who worked at the state’s central reception and assignment facility in Trenton, and previously worked at Northern State Prison in Newark.

Sha-Ron Williams, Gibbs' former colleague, said she loved to have fun and laugh.

"We worked on the same floor for a little over a year," Williams wrote. "Every day working with her was an adventure! It was never a dull moment! You never knew what she was going to do! One thing for sure if you was having a bad day, she would find some crazy way to turn it into a good one."

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