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For Immediate Release

November 13, 2014

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

Department of Corrections Presents Life-Saving Medals to Three Employees

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn presented Life Saving medals to three Department employees to recognize their extraordinary efforts at the preservation of life within the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord.

Unit Manager Kathleen A. Anderson, Corrections Sergeant Claude J. Dupuis, and Corrections Officer Steven A. Clark were recognized for their roles in resolving two dangerous incidents that occurred inside the prison last spring.

On April 9, 2014, Unit Manager Anderson and Sergeant Dupuis were on duty in the Reception and Diagnostic Unit when an inmate attempted take his own life by hanging. Unit Manager Anderson held the inmate up while Sergeant Dupuis removed the makeshift noose from the inmate’s throat and lowered him to the floor. The inmate survived.

On April 18, 2014, Officer Clark observed an inmate attempting to harm himself by cutting his arm with a razor blade. Officer Clark was able to remove the blade from the inmate’s hand and secure it safely so that no further harm could come. The inmate survived the incident.

Commissioner Wrenn commended the employees for their outstanding commitment to the Department and said, “Through their actions they provided the staff, the offender population, and the public with the confidence that our prisons are operated safely and effectively.”

There are five medals that can be awarded to Department employees for extraordinary actions. Those are the Medal of Honor, the Life Saving bar, the Honorable Service bar, the Line of Duty bar, and the Team Commendation bar.

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