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Correctional Officer's Heroism Saves a Life

CRANSTON, R.I. – April 11, 2007 – Correctional Officer Julian Robinson was recognized this morning by Corrections Director A.T. Wall II for his heroic efforts in rescuing an inmate who appeared intent on jumping from the third tier of Maximum Security’s Aquidneck Two Block on Wednesday, April 4. In the Letter of Commendation presented to CO Robinson earlier today, Director Wall writes, “I am convinced that your quick response and decisive action saved a human life.”

Robinson, a Providence resident, has worked with the RIDOC since July 1988. He is assigned to the 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. shift in Maximum Security. Wall’s Letter of Commendation notes that Robinson and his fellow officers are trained to think and react during emergency situations. “While performing your daily duties,” Wall writes, “you act with courage, providing for public safety of your fellow staff, visitors, and inmates under your supervision.”

While media attention has often focused on the few officers who violate the Department’s Code of Ethics, this is the exception rather than the norm among the 1,000 uniformed staff currently on the RIDOC’s payroll. It is a pleasure for the Director to have the opportunity to recognize a CO for his or her professionalism. Wall’s letter goes on, “You exemplify the qualities we seek in our staff – competence, composure, professionalism, and excellent judgment.”

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