Update: Larry Stell, a corrections officer at Telfair State Prison in Helena, Georgia, has also been killed. He died Oct. 11 after an inmate stabbed him in a housing area. Services were Oct. 14.
Colorado corrections employee killed, another injured in attack
MCO staff and members are mourning the loss of Sgt. Mary Ricard, a Colorado corrections employee who was slain by an inmate earlier this week.
Although MCO staff did not know her personally, it’s a blow to corrections workers around the country any time one of our brothers or sisters dies in the line of duty.
Ricard and another sergeant were attacked while overseeing breakfast preparations Monday at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. It is believed an inmate assaulted them with a sharp object. Richard was working on her day off.
Sgt. Lori Gann is in critical condition at a Colorado hospital.
Gann is a member of “Colorado Wins,” a union that represents a variety of state employees, including those in corrections. “Colorado Wins” is affiliated with SEIU, MCO’s parent union.
Please join us in praying for Gann’s quick recovery and for peace for the grieving families and friends of both of these women.