Thursday, July 14, 2016

Steuben: Guards save inmates life

L-R: Whitemore, Fanzo, Kester

BATH – Two Steuben County officers were commendedMonday for their action in saving the life of an inmate at the county Jail. According to county Sheriff David Cole, on June 19, while on security tour, Corrections Officer Kristopher Kester noticed an unidentified and unresponsive inmate lying on the floor. Kester called for assistance while he continued to try to get a response from the inmate by calling the inmate’s name. Sgt. Vincent Fanzo arrived to assist Kester, and the two men entered the cell together, found the inmate remained unresponsive. Fanzo called for an ambulance while Kester sent another officer for revival equipment. When the inmate continued to be unresponsive, Kester and Fanzo began two-person cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the inmate’s pulse returned and he began breathing on his own. Kester then rolled the inmate on his right side and applied oxygen until the ambulance arrived.

County Corrections Division Major Matthew Whitmore also noted Kester is president of the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps and highly skilled in CPR. "Your attention to your duties and quick response to a critical situation saved this inmates life," Cole’s commendations of Kester and Fanzo said before the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee. "You are hereby commended for your outstanding performance and dedication to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Steuben County."