2nd Hudson County corrections officer dies from COVID-19, jail director says

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About five weeks after the untimely death of Bernard Waddell, Sr., a second Hudson County corrections officer, Zeb Craig, has died due to complications from COVID-19, the director of the jail told HCV.

Hudson County Corrections Officer Zeb Craig. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“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,” Hudson County Jail Director Ron Edwards said in a phone interview.

“He served our department with distinction and a lot of pride. He was a true gentleman and he’d do any task that you gave him.”

Edwards said Craig’s death was particularly difficult since he had been out of the hospital for “a little over a week” and was feeling a lot better before succumbing to the virus yesterday morning.

Craig, 56, began his law enforcement career in June 2007, where he began working in a juvenile detention center, according to Edwards. He then graduated the academy and became a corrections officer in January 2014.

He is survived by a wife and daughter.

Craig is the third member of Hudson County law enforcement to become a victim of COVID-19: Waddell passed at the end of March, while Union City Police Det. Alex Ruperto died on April 16th.

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