Four officers received Lifesaver awards during a ceremony held last week at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia. Meanwhile, one officer received a Distinguished Service Award at the same event.
On August 29, 2016, Corrections Officer II Tammy Church responded to a medical emergency on Housing Unit No. 1, where an offender had attempted to take her own life by cutting her wrist with a razor and was bleeding profusely.
COII Church was assisted by COI Beaver, COI Thomas Hudson, and COI Scott Kuck as they applied pressure to the wound in an attempt to stp the bleeding.
Medical nurse LPN Newton arrived to provide medical care and to transport her to TVU to wait for an ambulance to arrive. All CO’s remained on the scene to provide crowd control. COIII Allen Thomas directed responding personnel and managed the wing and housing unit operations during the incident.
COII Church, COI Hudson, and COI Kuck each received Lifesaver awards while COIII Thomas received a Distinguished Service Award.
Another incident took place on October 8, 2016. COI Robert Resor was alerted that an offender had tied an object around her neck, restricting air flow, and was unresponsive. COI Resor attempted to remove the bra straps, but could only remove one strap.
COI Resor called for assistance while pulling the straps away from the neck to try to establish air flow.
COII Brian Young arrived to assist and utilized his safety sheers to remove the other strap from around the offender’s neck. COII Young began CPR, as signs of life were not observed. Halfway through the first set of chest compressions the offender started breathing.
COII Young received a Lifesaver award for his efforts.
During the ceremony, Warden Angela Mesmer welcomed the guests after the WERDCC Honor Guard presented the colors.
She later gave closing remarks.
The WERDCC Honor Guard retired the colors before the WERDCC Personnel Club provided the refreshments.