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CO Week Spotlight: Officer Selah Rash

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Officer Selah Rash who works at Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Officer Rash began working at the Goose Creek Correctional Center in 2014. During the time Officer Rash has been here, she has made quite an impact. She is currently part of the FTO program, helping new correctional officers just beginning their careers. She is a member of the Goose Creek Correctional Center SORT team, where she has received specialized training and certifications to further her knowledge and skills. She is also a member of the Employee Wellness Committee program. Officer Rash accepts these extra responsibilities with the upmost of humility.

Many of the officers at GCCC are dedicated to physical fitness. Officer Rash is a Certified Personal Trainer. Officer Rash offers her expertise in this field and trains members on her shift during her lunch break. Officer Rash is highly respected by everyone that she deals with.

Thank you Officer Rash for your positive influence and your dedicated service to GCCC, the State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Corrections.

We appreciate you!

CO Week Spotlight: Ketchikan Correctional Officers

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight all of the Correctional Officers from Ketchikan Correctional Center.

KCC has so many people that wear so many other hats and they quietly go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

Each officer at KCC has multiple duties as a Correctional Officer. Then add to that all the other duties as assigned that entail medical, maintenance, probation, education, food service and administration tasks. This is not an option here when the standard is that you do more with less every day.

Living on an island creates a get the job done mentality as there is no one coming along to fix things. As a small facility that is what is required. KCC could probably place all of it’s officers into different levels of performance and even levels of motivation day to day and include different styles and personalities. But KCC does not work as well if does without each of us doing the things that we do. Each day, day in and day out.

KCC been awarded the Director’s Audit award three years in a row and this is a testament to the collective effort of all, not one Correctional Officer or one staff member. No one individual makes this all happen, they do it as a team.

We appreciate you KCC Correctional Officers!

Pictured from left to right Mike Edenshaw, ret. Sgt. Anthony Hahn, Edwin Irizarry, John Greenfield, and Superintendent Jessica Mathews and in rear Josh Szurleys and Walter Headley

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Gary Locke

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Correctional Officer Gary Locke who has been with the Department of Corrections at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for almost two and a half years.

During his short time with the department Officer Locke has provided lifesaving efforts and prevented two suicide attempts, one as recent April 22nd of this year.

Officer Locke is silent warrior who does not seek recognition for his hard work or his heroic acts but quietly goes about his duties always seeking an opportunity to help his brother and sister officers.

Officer Locke is a very humble individual who does not like to be the center of attention. The Department of Corrections is very lucky to have Gary Locke as one of their officers.

We appreciate you!