Two corrections officers are being praised for saving the life of an inmate who attempted suicide at the Lake County jail on Sunday.
Lake County Corrections Officers Elvis Fejzic and Mathew Outinen were conducting rounds in a housing pod they were assigned to around 3 p.m. Sunday.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that they came across a cell housing a 20-year-old man and noticed the inmate had fabric tied around his neck.
Corrections Officers Fejzic and Outinen quickly opened the inmate’s door, cut the fabric off the man’s neck, and administered first aid, Covelli said.
Covelli said that their quick lifesaving efforts prevented the inmate from being able to take his life.
The man was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan by paramedics and has since recovered.
Upon further investigation, officers determined that the inmate used a torn shirt to attempt suicide.
“Being a correctional officer is an incredibly challenging job, but our staff has the very best intentions for our community. Our correctional officers are trained to never hesitate in providing first-aid and calling for an ambulance for any inmate who is in physical distress,” Sheriff John Idleburg said.
“We strive to ensure all inmates receive the skills needed to be successful when released and also the emotional support they need while in custody,” Idleburg added.