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HENDERSON COUNTY HAS THE TOP DETENTION OFFICER IN THE STATE

 FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA JAIL ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION   

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the North Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association (NCJAA) awarded Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Joey Garren with the Detention Officer of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a detention officer who has made outstanding contributions to his or her Sheriff’s Office in the performance of their duties.

Nominees were submitted from across the state who demonstrated initiative in the performance of their duty or for specific meritorious service which resulted in the saving of a life or other significant act. The NCJAA Awards Committee selected Detention Officer Garren to be recognized at a banquet held in Greensboro during the NCJAA Annual Conference.

Two events led to Detention Officer Garren being nominated by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office; one incident occurring within the confines of the jail, the other occurring while he was off duty and out in the community.

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Detention Officers Joey Garren and Stephen Darnell, were passing out meal trays in special housing. They noticed an inmate had begun to bang on his cell door. The officers responded swiftly, realized the inmate was in distress and called for the door to be unsecured. As soon as the door was open, Officer Garren immediately turned the inmate around and began the Heimlich maneuver. After several thrusts, a piece of food became dislodged and the inmate began breathing normally again.

Earlier in the year, while off-duty and shopping at a home improvement store, Joey Garren came across an unfolding situation. A shoplifter became agitated when he was confronted by employees and began to swing a metal fence post at them. Joey Garren wrestled the man to the ground and detained him until Hendersonville Police Officers arrived on scene. The man was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery.

Sheriff Charles McDonald along with Jail Administrator/Captain Neal Urch, Lt. Tim Fuss and fellow Henderson County detention officers attended the ceremony honoring Garren. Regarding Officer Garren, Sheriff Charles McDonald said, “He demonstrates actions that are quick, selfless and with great regard for the safety of our inmates. We are proud of Joey’s commitment exhibited both on and off duty and we’re grateful to the NCJAA for recognizing the remarkable work of one of Henderson County’s finest.”

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