North Carolina Department of Correction - Correction News - December 1998

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Central Pharmacy walks for hope

For the third year, a group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from Central Pharmacy participated in the Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope held Oct. 11.

The annual walk is 6.2 miles through Umstead Park , beginning and ending at the Angus Barn in Raleigh.

The walk raises money for mental health treatment and research. The area universities and Dorothea Dix Hospital have benefited from the money raised.

This year there were 3,000 participants in the walk and $280,000 was raised. The pharmacy group contributed $700.

Golf tournament raises money to feed underprivileged

The Community Resource Council at Randolph Correctional Center held a Team Championship Golf Tournament Sept. 11 at Asheboro Country Club.

The tournament was open to all members of the community as well as staff. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to Our Daily Bread. Our Daily Bread is a local nonprofit organization that feeds the underprivileged in the area.

Vice-chair Audrey Heinzer, Stuart Castelloe and staff member Jeff Purvis solicited donations from community businesses. Donations were supplied in the form of money, food items and various prizes. Approximately 50 local businesses and individuals made donations to the tournament.

Through donations and the $40 entry fee, the CRC was able to deliver a check to Our Daily Bread for $1,000. This money will enable the soup kitchen to feed more people and also help with daily operating expenses.

The golf tournament was an enormous success with 45 individuals participating. After the tournament, a fellowship cookout was held. All food not used at the cookout was packaged and delivered to the soup kitchen.

Officer saves inmate from choking

It started out like any other day on second shift at Craven Correctional Facility – line up, job assignments, disbursement to duty stations. Correctional Officer Cedrick Hansford had no idea that this would be the day that he would make a real difference in the life of another.

During dinner in the dining hall, an emergency was called. Officer Hansford was on duty in the dining hall, but he was stationed on the opposite side. He immediately responded to the call.

When he arrived at the scene, he discovered that the inmate had something lodged in his throat and was choking. Officer Hansford grabbed the inmate and successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver, saving the inmate’s life.

RCCW Service Club donates money to Glory House

The Service Club at Raleigh Correctional Center for Women recently donated $100 to the Glory House which provides housing for people that are HIV positive.

New officer captures escapee on way to work

James Hasty, a new but observant correctional officer at Cabarrus Correctional Center, recently captured an inmate on his way to work.

The inmate escaped from the facility early in the morning during breakfast and was walking into town when Hasty drove by and recognized the inmate.

Hasty turned his truck around and pulled up behind the inmate. The inmate told Hasty that he was going to the Sheriff’s Department to report some threats made to him by another inmate. Hasty calmed the inmate down and transported him back to the facility.

In his short period of employment with DOC, Hasty has already impressed his supervisors with his initiative and ability to supervise inmates.

Judicial District 25B holds cookout for law enforcement community

Ricky Yates and Bob Russell, Community Corrections unit supervisors for Judicial District 25B, recently served as hosts at a cookout for members of the local law enforcement community.

More than 150 people attended the cookout including community corrections staff members, employees with the Clerk’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and the Community Service Work Program, judges, prison officials, wildlife officers and various attorneys.

"This was a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet law enforcement officers and court officials outside the professional environment," said Bob Phillips with the Community Service Work Program. "This helps strengthen ties between all of our agencies."

In addition to serving as an informal gathering of law enforcement and court personnel, the cookout also served as a thank you to the law enforcement officers who aid corrections officers in serving orders for arrest.

"We feel like this is one of the best ways to promote a better working environment for everyone involved," Yates said.

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