UPDATE: DOC staff recognized for saving inmates involved in Sussex Co. overdose incident
On Tuesday, Department of Corrections officials released information regarding the overdose incident involving six Sussex County inmates. Security and medical staff were also recognized for their efforts in saving the women involved.
The Delaware Department of Corrections says on March 8, several Sussex County Community Corrections (SCCC) inmates were assigned to a work crew to perform community service in the area of Redden Road, in Sussex County. Authorities report that the group came across a package near the road and six female offenders ingested its contents.
According to the report, around 2:45 PM, staff from both SCCC and Sussex Correctional Institution and area EMTs responded to the Sussex Community Correctional Center as the six women became ill upon their return to the facility, requiring immediate medical attention. Officials report that CPR and the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone were used to help stabilize the offenders and they were taken to the hospital for further observation and treatment.
On Tuesday morning, DOC officials say dozens of employees were recognized for their life-saving efforts at Sussex County Community Corrections (SCCC).
Regarding their efforts that saved the inmates involved in the incident, DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps says, "Upon taking the oath, you promised to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Delaware as well as faithfully discharge your duties as an employee of the Delaware Department of Correction. On March 8, you faithfully discharged your duties without waiver or hesitation. Thank you for your heroism in saving the lives of those six women. I know their families are forever grateful."