MICHIGAN CITY | The Indiana State Prison held a ceremony to award employees for their contributions to corrections. About 100 employees were in attendance for the ceremony in the prison’s chapel.
George Chism was recognized for 35 years of service and Corine Hollihan for 30 years of service. Two staff members received seniority awards for 25 years of service, James Cox Sr. and John Hart. Keith Wilson, Pamela Pizarek, Michelle Metcalf, Daniel Henrich and Paulette Turnipseed were recognized for 20 years of service.
Ten staff members received an Extra Mile Award for their outstanding performance to the Indiana State Prison. Employees receiving the Extra-Mile Awards were Jennifer Selke, Michelle Metcalf, Kenneth Gann, Kevin Braun, Michael Keel, Lee Lemon, John Lemon, Nathaniel Talbot, Nicholas Henry and Ron St. Martin.
Quarterly awards were given to staff for their dedication, job performance, cooperation and professionalism. Michael Miller received the Contractual Employee of the Quarter, Kyle Moore, Employee of the Quarter, Christopher Puetzer, Officer of the Quarter and Milton D. Williams, Supervisor of the Quarter.
A special presentation was given by guest speaker, William Moulton. Moulton has recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was formerly an Indiana State Prison employee. The topic of his presentation was Suicide Awareness and Intervention.
Preston Dry, a long time volunteer, was recognized by the Purposeful Living Unit Served (PLUS) Unit for his dedication.
“It was an honor to have such an informative and personal presentation given by Mr. Moulton," said Superintendent Wilson. "We work in such a stressful and ever changing environment, which his speech could be beneficial to all employees in their work and private lives. It is always a great time when we can take an opportunity to recognize those who perform at such a high level of excellence.”