Three correctional officers were recently honored by the Lake County sheriff for saving the life of an inmate who became unresponsive after overdosing as he arrived at a corrections center in Lake County.
Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg presented Corrections Sergeant Timothy Specht, Corrections Officer Daniel Pennington and Corrections Officer John Venetsanakos with the Sheriff’s Lifesaving Award last week.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said the three saved the life of an unresponsive inmate in April.
The inmate returned to the Community Based Corrections Center (CBCC), which is known as work release.
The inmate became unconscious shortly after his return to the CBCC and stopped breathing, Covelli said.
Specht, Pennington and Venetsanakos immediately began CPR.
The trio administered three doses of Naloxone. They continued CPR after the administration of Naloxone.
As they continued CPR, the inmate began breathing and regained consciousness.
The inmate was transported to a hospital and made a full recovery, Covelli said.
It was determined the inmate ingested drugs just prior to checking back in at work release.
“This is yet another outstanding job by our correctional staff. Sergeant Specht, Officers Pennington and Venetsanakos immediately recognized an inmate was in distress and worked together to save his life,” Idleburg said.