Correctional Officers Timothy Solomon and Manuel Duarte
Correctional Officers Timothy Solomon and Manuel Duarte

Lake County Corrections Officers Manuel Duarte and Timothy Solomon saved the life of an inmate attempting suicide July 11.

Officers Duarte and Solomon were conducting rounds in the Administrative Segregation Unit (Maximum Security) of the Lake County Jail when they discovered an 18 year-old inmate in his jail cell attempting suicide by hanging. He had used a bedsheet to try to hang himself.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Officers Duarte and Solomon entered the inmate’s jail cell and removed the bedsheet from the inmate’s neck.

Lake County Jail medical personnel immediately responded and maintained care of the inmate, and a suicide prevention protocol was initiated for the inmate, officials said. “Due to the fast actions of the corrections officers, the inmate was uninjured,” Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “I am extremely proud of Officers Duarte and Solomon, and their quick live-saving actions. Our correctional staff is trained to keep inmates safe from themselves and others, which is exactly what happened in this circumstance.”