Lansing Correctional Facility Officer to Receive National Honor
August 6, 2008
American Correctional Officer
Contact: Brian Dawe
American Correctional Officer Names Officer Jeremy Welch as recipient of the 2008 National Meritorious Service Award
Thayne, WY August 6, 2008: Sergeant Henry Ruiz, Chairman of the American Correctional Officer Medal of Honor Selection Committee announced today that Officer Jeremy Welch from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas has been selected as the 2008 winner of the American Correctional Officer Meritorious Service Award. Officer Welch was selected from over 70 nominees from across the country as this year’s recipient.
Officer Welch came to the aid of Facility Storekeeper Pam Bonner who had been attacked by an inmate and was severely injured. While Storekeeper Lionel Barley wrestled with the inmate, Welch removed Bonner from the area. He then went back to help Barley subdue the inmate. Officer Welch's quick response helped to end a potentially life threatening situation.
Officer Welch will be awarded the Meritorious Service Award at the 2008 American Correctional Officer Medal of Honor Awards Banquet to be held September 26, 2008 at the Woodlands Radisson Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. Correctional Officers from around the nation will be in attendance to honor Officer Welch.
"Behind the walls where we work, we only have our training, experience and each other to rely on. The brave actions of Officer Welch and his willingness to put his life on the line to protect fellow staff members is to be revered," said Vito Dagnello, President, American Correctional Officer.