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Three Roxbury officers honored for saving inmate's life

April 29, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

Three Roxbury Correctional Institution officers have been honored for their roles in helping save the life of an inmate who was stabbed April 12.

RCI Warden Nancy Rouse named Sgt. Earl Clark, Officer Kevin Bittney and Officer Richard Smith as the prison's employees of the month for May.

When the officers realized the extent of the inmate's injuries, they applied pressure to the wound, took him to the prison's dispensary and called 911, Rouse said Monday in a telephone interview.

The inmate, who was stabbed in the neck, was being treated Monday at a Division of Correction facility, Rouse said.

Rouse said the situation was an example of "staff working together as a team doing what needed to be done."

Another inmate was injured during the incident, and other officers assisted him while maintaining order at the scene, Rouse said.

Rouse said she is pursuing a commissioner's citation and other service honors for the officers.

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