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For Immediate Release

May 1, 2012

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Six Medals Given to NH Department of Corrections Staff

(Goffstown, N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn presented special medals to five Corrections Officers and one nurse in recognition of their teamwork to prevent a potentially tragic situation last year. They were honored for working together to prevent a suicide attempt by hanging at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, which occurred on June 28, 2011.

Corrections Sergeant Scott Marshall, Corrections Corporal Eric Stone, and Corrections Officers Valerie Deshaies, Wanda Dionne, and Christopher Ward and Nurse Becky Crawford received the Department’s Team Commendation medal for working together to resolve an incident while displaying the highest professional conduct as a result of their devotion to duty and service to the public.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “These employees used their Corrections training and remained focused on resolving a crisis at the women’s prison that could have ended tragically had it not been for their timely intervention. Their actions are highly creditable and I am honored to recognize them for their accomplishments.”

The Team Commendation medal is one of five medals that can be awarded to Department of Corrections employees for outstanding acts that occur in the line of duty.

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