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Lemon Creek COs receive Denali Award for action in a crisis

Correctional Officers Keith Aki, Josh Price and Lisa Cook (Sgt. Bonn’s Shift) received a Denali Award honorable mention in the crisis responder team category on May 12 at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

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On September 7, 2010, While performing routine duties at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, Correctional Officer Keith Aki noticed a suicide attempt in progress in the Admission and Orientation Unit. He called for assistance and responded to the prisoner, who had attempted to hang himself in a shower stall. Officers Josh Price and Lisa Cook responded immediately and helped lower the inmate to the floor. The prisoner had no pulse and was unresponsive. The three officers administered CPR and by the time Juneau Fire and Rescue responded the inmate had a strong pulse and subsequently made a full recovery.

Officer Aki is a Prison Transportation Officer, Field Training Officer and an instructor in firearms and defensive tactics. Officer Price is a Correctional Officer in charge of the Maximum Security Unit for his shift. Officer Cook began her career in 2009. In two short years she has established herself as professional with a strong ability to maintain control of her surroundings in a difficult situation.

Success Inside and Out

The annual Success Inside and Out professional pre-release conference was held Saturday, March 5, at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Just under 100 inmates attended, with about an equal number of community volunteers and professional staff present for the event, held in the facility’s gymnasium. The day included musical entertainment, a panel of former inmates, breakout sessions with local employers, treatment providers and advocates. The afternoon began with a fashion show where inmates modeled dress appropriate for a job interview or the workplace. Afternoon panels focused on education and training. Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez attended, along with Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti.