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For Immediate Release

December 18, 2014

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

Department of Corrections Presents Medals to Corrections Officers

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire State Prison for Men Warden Richard M. Gerry presented Life Saving and Team Commendation bars to four Department employees to recognize their extraordinary efforts at the preservation of life within the Concord facility.

Corrections Corporal Robert Tschudin, Corrections Lieutenant Leo Lirette, Corrections Officer Jason Carr and Corrections Officer Robert LeMay were recognized for their roles in resolving a dangerous incident that occurred inside the prison last spring.

On May 16, 2014, Corporal Tschudin was attending to his third shift rounds when he observed an inmate in his cell attempting to cut his forearm. Corporal Tschudin called for a medical team and then for back-up. Lieutenant Lirette, Officer Carr, and Officer LeMay responded and made sure the area was secure and safe while Corporal Tschudin used his corrections training to provide first aid to the inmate until a medical team arrived. The inmate survived.

For this Corporal Tschudin was awarded Life Saving bar and the others were presented with Team Commendation bars.

Corrections Commissioner William L. 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.

(Below L-R: Cpl. Tschudin, Officer LeMay, Warden Gerry, and Lt. Lirette. Officer Carr will receive his medal at a later date)

photograph of officers receiviing medals
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