N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--August 1998

News Briefs

First-ever blood drive held at Yonkers Road

Correction employees recently participated in the first-ever blood drive held at the Department of Correction’s office complex at 2020 Yonkers Road in Raleigh.

Fifty-five employees participated in the blood drive, donating 51 pints of blood. Seventeen units came from first-time donors.

Pam Brooks of general accounting and Larry Rhodes, director of departmental purchasing, worked with the Red Cross to coordinate the Yonkers Road blood drive. Assistant coordinators were Cheryl Poyner of DAPP, Veronica Dixon of Engineering, Sharon Odom of MIS, Carol Vos of Enterprise, Beth Creech of the Parole Commission, Matt Cain of Purchasing, Carolyn McCullers of Extradition, Louise Creekmore of Combined Records and Teresa Romano and Sandy Pearce of Research and Planning.

O.S.D.T. instructor earns honor graduate title

Charles D. Walston, correctional training instructor II with the Office of Staff Development and Training, recently returned from Fort McClellan, Ala., where he was recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Walston attended the 14-day Military Police School as part of his on-going commitment to the U.S. Army Reserve.

Walston is a non-commissioned officer in the 535th Military Police Battalion in Raleigh. On May 23, more than 200 soldiers from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps reported to Fort McClellan for the two-week school. The course was the second phase of the Military Police training, resulting in the achievement of the Military Occupational Specialty Qualification which is equivalent to being certified as a Military Policeman.

Based on academic excellence, peer evaluation and selection by the Senior Cadre Review Board, Walston was recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. For finishing number one out of a class of 200, Walston was also awarded the Army Achievement Medal.

Prisoner Legal Services director elected to serve on ACA commission

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services Executive Director Michael Hamden has been elected to serve as an officer of the American Correctional Association.

In a national election in June, ACA members chose Hamden to represent the American Bar Association on the ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. Hamden’s four-year term on the commission begins in August.

Intensive officer carries torch for Special Olympics

Intensive Surveillance Officer David Dalton of Judicial District 17A recently participated in the torch run for the Special Olympics. This is a 2,000-mile, 14-day relay to pass the Flame of Hope across the state of North Carolina.

The torch run ended with the lighting of the cauldron to start the 1998 Special Olympics of North Carolina Summer Games. Dalton had no trouble completing his leg of the relay, an eight-mile stretch between Eden and Reidsville.

Dalton began his career with the Division of Prisons in 1970 and transferred to DAPP as an intensive surveillance officer in 1990.

"At age 50, David is in great physical condition, and the younger officers in 17A have to admit he has set an example that is tough for them to follow," said JDM Larry Barefoot. u

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