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For Immediate Release

August 20, 2015

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

Corrections Officer Receives Life Saving Citation Bar

(Manchester, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections presented a Life Saving citation bar to a Corrections Officer whose actions helped save the life of an inmate earlier this year. Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections Director Joseph Diament presented the medal to Calumet Transitional Housing Unit Corrections Officer Gilbert Wilkins on August 20, 2015.

While Officer Wilkins was on duty at the facility last February, he observed an unresponsive inmate slumped over in a bathroom. After removing him to safety he performed chest compressions without success. Another Corrections Officer retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Officer Wilkin used his Corrections training to operate the device until a heartbeat registered. The inmate survived. Officer Wilkins displayed the highest level of professional conduct and resolved this emergency in a safe manner.

The Department of Corrections has five special medals and citation bars that can be awarded to employees for extraordinary accomplishments and achievements. Those are the Medal of Honor, the Life Saving citation bar, the Honorable Service citation bar, the Injury in the Line of Duty citation bar, and the Team Commendation citation bar.

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