PWCC officers honored for saving inmates’ lives

Recipients flanked by Lt and warden

Two Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center officers received the Idaho Department of Correction’s Silver Cross award at the Idaho Board of Correction’s meeting at the Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center on March 20, 2018.

Cpl. Andrew Poole was honored for saving an inmate’s life following a suicide attempt.

Here is how PWCC Lt. James Wren described the incident when nominating Cpl. Poole for the award:

On February 24, 2018, while doing tier checks Cpl. Poole noticed [an inmate] on her bunk in a pool of blood, bleeding from her wrist which she had cut. Cpl. Poole called an incident and entered the cell to apply pressure to [the inmate’s] wrist.  Cpl. Poole continued to apply pressure to the wound and assist medical staff until local EMS arrived and transported her to the hospital. Cpl. Poole's quick action prevented [the inmate] from further injury or death.

Ofc. Christopher Pell was honored for saving an inmate’s life during a suicide attempt.

Here is how PWCC Sgt. Alejandra Gilbey described the incident when nominating Ofc. Pell for the award:

While performing his unit security checks C/O Christopher Pell was alerted by offenders of an incident on the tier. He run upstairs and saw an offender hanging in her cell. Christopher entered the Offender’s cell, cut her down and started to perform CPR. Due to his prompt actions the offender was able to start breathing and was transported to the Hospital.

The Silver Cross Award is presented to Idaho Department of Correction staff members who display prompt or alert action that results in a life being saved or the prevention of injury to others.

Pictured from left:  Lt. James Wren, Cpl. Andrew Poole, Ofc. Christopher Pell, Warden Amanda Gentry.

Story published: 03/22/2018
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