Three CSNSW staff have been commended for their efforts in dealing with a serious incident between inmates at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in Kempsey last year.
Commissioner Peter Severin travelled to Kempsey today to present awards to the officers who were first on the scene.
Overseer Wayne Drury received a Commissioner's Commendation for Brave Conduct while his colleagues Jason Hodges and Melissa Hutley (not present) were presented with Commissioner's Commendations.
In October 2014, Overseer Drury was the first responding officer to a hostile dispute between two inmates. One inmate allegedly threw boiling water on another. Mr Drury put his own safety on the line by quickly intervening and separating the offenders. His quick actions prevented the volatile situation from escalating.
Mr Drury and fellow officer Jason Hodges moved the injured inmate to a sink and poured cool water over him until medical staff arrived. Meanwhile their colleagues Overseer Wayne Hall and Melissa Hutley removed the 15 other inmates from the area and secured them.
The injured inmate suffered serious burns to his face and body, and was taken to Kempsey District Hospital and later airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.
Commissioner Severin praised the officers for their quick response and acts of bravery. "Mr Drury did not just put himself at risk by restraining and separating the two inmates, he also provided first aid to the injured inmate and managed his injuries," Mr Severin said.
"Mr Hodges demonstrated leadership and commitment to duty. He also provided first aid and took charge of the long hospital escort. Their achievements are in keeping with the finest traditions of CSNSW."
During the Commissioner's visit he also presented the centre's manager of Corrective Services Industries James Armstrong with a National Medal and CSNSW medal for his 21 year's service.
Manager Greg Steele, Commissioner Severin, Overseers Wayne Drury and
Jason Hodges, CSI Business Manager James Armstrong and
Custodial Correctional Director Glen Scholes.
Image: The Commissioner with Overseer Wayne Drury
Image: Commissioner Severin presenting service medals to James Armstrong