The Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic Correctional Center (WERDCC) held a Lifesaver Award Ceremony last Tuesday to honor the efforts of employees.
On November 12, 2015 LPN Shannon Grote assisted in the successful delivery of a breached baby who had the umbilical chord wrapped around its neck in the transitional care unit at WERDCC.
“The exceptional actions taken by nurse Brody were the epitomy of professionalism, teamwork, and promotion of safety,” said WERDCC Warden Angela Mesmer.
Brody was unable to attend the event but the award was accepted on her behalf.
COI Evan Case, Jr. was also recognized for his efforts during a Code 16 on January 16, 2016 as an offender was choking in Dining Room B.
Case asked the offender if she needed help and the offender nodded her head.
He performed an abdominal thrust and the object the offender was choking on became dislodged.
Case received the award on his last day working at the facility.
On January 6, 2016 an offender attempted suicide after tying a bra strap around her neck in Housing Unit 5.
Staff had to cut the object away from her neck to open the air flow.
COI Kayla Johnson discovered the offender and immediately contacted her supervisor, COII Rebecca Teson.
Both entered the cell and Sgt. Teson cut the object off the offender.
COIII Allen Thomas, COII Nathan Hess, COII Jeffrey Haug, and COI Lee Hulse responded.
Sgt. Teason has went through three lifesaving events.
Both COI Johnson and Sgt. Teason received Lifesaver Awards.
Hulse and Howell were not present but received distinguished service awards.
Hess was present and received his award. Hess received a Lifesaver Award in the past.
Lt. Thomas was also present and honored with the distinguished service award.
George Lombardi, Director of the Department of Corrections, was present for the event.
He said he wrote an editorial for the newspaper about three years ago talking about the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system.
He said it is “unheralded, unsung, but is critical.”
The WERDCC Honor Guard presented and retired the colors.