District 5 P&P Unveils Memorial and Award in remembrance of SPO Ted Babbitt

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By Jillian Nave, Administrative Assistant II, District 5 Probation and Parole

D5 P&P had their annual Probation & Parole Week Staff Meeting and Breakfast on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. The meeting was made special this year with the unveiling of a memorial flag and plaque to honor SPO Ted Babbitt, who passed away suddenly last June.

Ted, who formerly worked at PWCC, was only with D5 P&P a short time, yet his character and positive attitude affected many across the district and IDOC as a whole. In order to spotlight Ted’s exemplary work ethic, comradery with coworkers and offenders, and his cheerful attitude, D5 also introduced the Ted Babbitt Award, which honors those in the district who regularly exhibit these qualities. Along with their name showcased on a plaque, each recipient will receive a specially crafted Ted Babbitt Award Challenge Coin. The award is highly prestigious and only presented to those who routinely go above and beyond in all aspects of their work, regardless of their position.

The first recipient of the award was also announced at the meeting. Josh Mani, a PSI who has had on-time reports for at least the last 6 months and consistently remains cheerful in stressful times while also helping others, was the awardee. Josh was both shocked and humbled by the award.

Also in attendance for the presentation were Ted’s mother Yolanda, uncle, ex-wife Stephanie, and two children, Hunter Fielding Babbitt and Gunner James Babbitt.

For video of the presentation, please check the IDOC Facebook page.

Photo: District 5 Staff stands with Ted Babbitt’s family after the presentation of the newly created Ted Babbitt Memorial and Award.

Story published: 07/23/2018
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