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Newly released video shows two correctional officers spring into action and save an inmate who tried harming himself by jumping over a railing at the Lake County Jail.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said the incident happened around 12 p.m. Monday.
Correctional Officers Garrett Parsell and Matthew Bellavia were escorting a 28-year-old inmate from a recreational area back to his jail cell.
The recreational area is located on the upper mezzanine level of the pod.
While walking back, the inmate hurled himself over the railing and attempted to throw himself onto the floor below from the upper level, Covelli said.
Officers Parsell and Bellavia, who were close behind the inmate, immediately jumped into action, grabbing ahold of the man and pulling him back to safety, Covelli said.
The inmate continued to struggle and attempt to fall to the ground as the officers were trying to pull the man to safety, the video shows.
Covelli said the inmate was uninjured and is now under self-harm prevention protocols.
“Officer Garrett Parsell and Officer Matthew Bellavia undoubtedly saved the life of this inmate and they are heroes in my book,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
“They, along with their correctional staff colleagues, consistently go above and beyond to keep our inmates safe. I am incredibly proud of our correctional employees and the hard work they put in each and every day,” Idleburg said.