(Berlin, N.H.) On April 4, 2012, New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn presented Life Saving medals to two Corrections Officers at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. Corrections Officers Eddy E. L’Heureux and Albert T. Oswald were recognized for saving the life of an inmate during an incident in 2011.
On July 31, 2011, Officers L’Heureux and Oswald were assigned to the dining hall when they saw an inmate choking and in distress. They quickly responded by applying abdominal and back thrusts. The food was dislodged from the inmate’s throat and he recovered from the incident. The two officers were recognized for their prompt and alert actions and disregard for their own personal safety.
Commissioner Wrenn congratulated them and said, “Incidents such as these can occur at anytime in a prison environment. These two officers used their Corrections training to avert a situation that could have ended tragically. They are to be commended for their efforts.”
There are five medals that Department of Corrections employees can receive for demonstrating exceptional actions in their devotion to duty or service to the public. These are the Medal of Honor, the Life Saving medal, the Line of Duty medal, the Honorable Service medal, and the Team Commendation medal.