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Thanks and remembrance to prison staff

Mhde-18-12-13 plaque Dec28  The Governor of HMP Onley held an event on 18th December first   plaque service were dedicated in our Memorial Garden to staff who have died in Service

Mhde-18-12-13 plaque Dec28 The Governor of HMP Onley held an event on 18th December first plaque service were dedicated in our Memorial Garden to staff who have died in Service

Two plaques were unveiled at a prison near Daventry to honour members of staff who had died in service.

The event, at HMP Onley on December 18, also saw several commendations and long service awards presented.

Chaplain Glen Hocken and governor Dave Harding, along with family members, friends and other staff, led a service to dedicate plaques in the prison’s memorial garden to Operational Support Grade Jeanette Chetwynd and Officer Jim Cutter.

Mrs Chetwynd joined the prison service in April 2007 and Mr Cutter started with them in October 1995.

Daventry’s deputy mayor Ron Fox represented the town, alongside Rugby’s mayor Anthony Gillias.

Mr Harding said: “It is a day to reflect on, and remember those, who have died while being members of staff at the prison, with a particular focus on those we have lost in the past 12 months.”

The dedicated ceremony was followed by presentations to four members of staff by the Deputy Director of Custody Commendation, including one presented posthumously.

Six members of the prison staff received the 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal too.

Mr Harding said: “The commendations were to staff who dealt with two incidents where prisoners had attempted to take their own lives and they had intervened, and the prisoners have made a recovery.

“In both cases the paramedics said if it wasn’t for the staff’s actions the outcome may have been far worse.

“I’m extremely proud of all the team at Onley, but it is particularly pleasing to honour staff for all their dedication.

“We also involve their families as I know the level of commitment they show in supporting their family member so they can be so dedicated to working at Onley.”

 

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