Hamblen County CO’s And Nurse Receive Letter Of Commendation
Two Hamblen County female corrections officers along with a nurse in the Hamblen County jail are being hailed for their efforts in saving the life of a female inmate who had overdosed. The inmate had been found on September 10th by fellow inmates unresponsive and without a pulse due to ingesting contraband which had been smuggled into the female lockup. Jail staff took immediate and swift action and after administering Narcan, they performed lifesaving CPR. The inmate was then rushed to the hospital and released the same day. According to Hamblen County Chief Deputy Bob Ellis, had jail staff not performed CPR, the Narcan would have most likely been useless. County Mayor Bill Brittain was on hand for the presentation of Letters of Commendation for officers Angela Hodge and Cassie Bell plus nurse Brandy Klein. New Hamblen County sheriff Chad Mullins says that contraband coming into the jail is nothing new, but it is something his administration has on the top of their list to address. Mullins says that right now jail staff are being trained on a full body scanner the county recently purchased. Mullins says anyone sneaking contraband into the jail will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.