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    Correctional Officers Receive CUSA Medal of Valor Award

    Correctional Officers, the Unsung Heroes of Law Enforcement

    (PRWEB) February 14, 2014 2014

    Corrections USA Medal of Valor Awardees are:

    Officer Gustavo Sanchez, Nevada Department of Corrections

    Sergeant Telesa Scott Gibbs, Florida Department of Corrections

    Officer Donald Rakus, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

    Officer Eric Williams, Canaan Federal Penitentiary, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

    2014 Corrections USA Image Award:

    Lovelock Correctional Institution, Nevada

    Department of Corrections 2014 Corrections USA Professional Award:

    Tim Filson, Nevada Department of Corrections

    Chris Leo, New York State Department of Corrections,

    Retired 2014 Corrections USA Organization Award:

    NYC Correctional Officers' Benevolent Association-COBA


    Four guards injured in brawl on Rikers Island


    By Daniella Silva, NBC News

    Four correctional officers and several inmates were injured after a late-night fight broke out at Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, on Friday night.

    The City of New York Department of Corrections said on Saturday that “a fight involving a number of inmates in a high custody housing unit” occurred at the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island.

    “Department staff responded within minutes and the incident was resolved shortly thereafter,” a Department of Corrections spokesman said in a statement.

    Four correctional officers were treated and released following exposure to a chemical agent. Three inmates were treated at the emergency room for non-serious injuries and then returned to the jail.

    No serious injuries have been reported and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Department of Corrections.

    Rikers Island includes 10 separate jail facilities and houses an average of more than 12,000 prisoners a day.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    NOTE: Corrections USA does not approve of the word "guard" being used for Correctional Officer. It was the word the reporter used and we did not want to edit his work. We will contact them concerning their choice of words.


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