Sheriff Miller said this incident may sound like correctional officers just doing their job, but it is not that simple.
“Unhappy inmates demanding to post bond or use the phone is not uncommon and their screaming and banging can easily be ignored until they calm down and begin to cooperate. On this night had these correctional officers ignored this subject becoming quiet the outcome could have been fatal.”
Sheriff Miller then submitted the necessary paperwork to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association (ISA) to nominate the four correctional officers for the “Correctional Officers of the Year” award. ISA awards “Deputy of the Year”, “Correctional Officer of the Year”, and “Telecommunicator of the Year” in recognition of exemplary performance in all aspects of their law enforcement duties.
“These four correctional officers’ quick thinking and rapid response to the needs of an inmate in danger resulted in saving a life,” said Miller.
On February 3, 2014, the four correctional officers were awarded the “Correctional Officers of the Year” award at the Winter Training Conference in Fairview Heights, IL.