Corrections Officers I Christy Kelley, Jimmy Hurst, Jr., Linda Rose, Carl Zeigler, and Ronnie Borrowman, and Corrections Officer III Rickie Painter were honored December 20, 2011, with a Lifesaver Award Ceremony at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.
The Lifesaver Award is presented to individuals who have stepped forward and taken extraordinary action to save, or attempt to save, the life of another person.
On May 13, 2011, COI Linda Rose was working in the Transitional Care Unit. When Officer Rose could not see the offender who had been placed in a camera cell on the monitor, she went to the cell to check on her. She found the offender trying to drown herself. Officer Rose’s alertness and quick response kept the offender from completing her suicide attempt.
On June 17, 2011, an offender collapsed in the dining room. After medical staff responded and stabilized the offender, Corrections Officers Jimmy Hurst, Jr. and Carl Zeigler escorted her to the medical unit. While waiting for the ambulance, the offender began to have trouble breathing which progressed to her not being able to breathe at all. Officers Hurst and Zeigler assisted medical staff in placing the offender in the recovery position which allowed her airway to open and she was able to breathe on her own again. COI Hurst and COI Zeigler continued to monitor the offender until the ambulance arrived.
On July 6, 2011, COI Christy Kelley was working in the dining room when she noticed an offender choking. Officer Kelley administered a series of back blows in an attempt to dislodge the obstruction, but the offender still could not breathe. She then administered two abdominal thrusts which dislodged the obstruction, allowing the offender to breathe on her own again.
On July 31, 2011, an offender began choking on food in the dining room. COI Ronnie Borrowman began a series of back blows in an attempt to dislodge the obstruction but it would not dislodge. At this time, COIII Rickie Painter administered one abdominal thrust, dislodging the obstruction and allowing the offender to breathe on her own again.
Warden Angela Pearl presented COI Christy Kelley, COI Jimmy Hurst, Jr., and COIII Rickie Painter with Certificates of Recognition from George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, Resolutions adopted by the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate, and Lifesaver Pins in honor of their heroic actions.
Each recipient’s spouse had the honor of pinning the Lifesaver Pin to their uniform.
Guests attending the ceremony were COI Kelley’s husband, Robert, and children Tyler Novich and Jessica Kelley; COI Hurst’s wife, Paula; and COIII Painters’ wife, Tiffany, daughter Brookelyn, and mother-in-law Janet Mooney.
Officers Linda Rose, Carl Zeigler, and Ronnie Borrowman were not present at the ceremony but also received Certificates of Recognition from George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections; Resolutions adopted by the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate; and Lifesaver Pins in honor of their heroic actions.
The WERDCC Honor Guard presented and retired the colors, and the Personnel Club provided refreshments for the ceremony.