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April 05. 2012 9:26AM

Prison guards honored for saving inmate choking on food

BERLIN - Two state prison employees were honored for saving an inmate from choking to death last year.

Corrections officers Eddy E. L’Heureux and Albert T. Oswald were presented Wednesday with life-saving medals by N.H. Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn.

The officers were assigned to the dining hall at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin on July 31 when an inmate began gasping for air after some food became lodged in his throat.

The officers applied abdominal and back thrusts, dislodging the food. The inmate recovered from the incident.

The two officers were recognized for their prompt and alert actions and disregard for their own personal safety, according to a press release.

“Incidents such as these can occur at any time 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,” Wrenn said in a prepared statement.

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