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Fairbanks CO receives Life Saving Award

Fairbanks Correctional Officer II Raymond Newsome was recently awarded the department’s Life Saving Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Service saving the life of a prisoner during a suicide attempt at Fairbanks Correctional Center on July 25, 2018.

Officer Newsome’s rapid response and dedication to duty was abundantly clear after he discovered an inmate unresponsive in his cell. Multiple correctional officers and staff ultimately responded to the module to render aid to the prisoner. During this time, it was found that Officer Newsome demonstrated efficient and purposeful attempts to save the prisoner’s life.

He called for emergency medical responders, then continued to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation until medical arrived on scene. As a nurse prepared to begin CPR, she noticed that the prisoner was breathing and had a pulse.

The expedient work and efforts by Officer Newsome directly affected a positive outcome. Officer Newsom’s calm demeanor, swift actions and willingness to immediately provide care during this medical emergency likely prevented the death of the prisoner. This is testament to Officer Newsome’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to public service.

Correctional Officer II Newsome’s outstanding performance of duty is in good keeping with the finest traditions of the Alaska Department of Corrections and reflects great credit upon himself, the Department and the State of Alaska.