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2020 Freedom Awards for Distinguished Service mark Corrections Day at the Legislature


Jan. 24, 2020

Freedom Awards for Distinguished Service mark 2020 Corrections Day at the Legislature


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy honored more than a dozen Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers, administrators and staff on Friday as part of Corrections Day at the Legislature.


Sandy and Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen presented the third annual Freedom Awards for Distinguished Service at a Capitol awards ceremony that followed recognition of Corrections Day by both the state Senate and House of Delegates.


The secretary’s Freedom Award recognizes employees for performances that exceed the normal expectations involved in their duties and responsibilities. This year’s recipients formed the contingent that accepted the House and Senate citations.


The Corrections and Rehabilitation Honor Guard presented the colors to open the House floor session. DCR also invited clergy to lead chamber in its floor session’s opening prayer: Rabbi Victor Urecki of Congregation B'nai Jacob in Charleston led those in the House, while Rabbi Joshua Lief of Wheeling’s Temple Shalom did the same for the Senate.


Recipients of the 2020 Secretary’s Freedom Award for Distinguished Service:


Bureau of Prisons and Jails:


Scotty Hypes, Correctional Case Manager, Mount Olive Correctional Complex and Jail (MOCC) for rescuing an inmate who had been beaten and stabbed in a fight with other inmates.


Lt. Michael Toney, Correctional Officer V, South Central Regional Jail and Correctional Facility for catching an inmate trying to bluff his way out of the jail by impersonating another inmate, and then saving that would-be imposter later that day when he tried to hang himself in his cell.


Evangaline Tiede, Correctional Officer II, MOCC for returning to duty ahead of schedule and undaunted after an assault by an inmate that left her with multiple injuries.


Misty Adams, Associate Superintendent of Programs, Saint Marys Correctional Center and Jail for her dedication and devotion while carrying out the rehabilitation component of DCR’s mission as the tireless driver of several reentry initiatives and programs.


Bureau of Juvenile Services

Lt. David Murphy, Correctional Officer V,  James H. “Tiger” Morton Juvenile Center for serving as chief of security for his facility while also stepping up to perform double-duty throughout 2019 when his facility went without a maintenance staff for the entire year.


Rebecca Parker, Building Maintenance Mechanic, Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center for servings as a consistently dependable team member who performs multiple duties and volunteers to fill in where needed.


Julie Timmermeyer, Corrections Case Manager, Community Resource Coordinator for helping youths in a five-county region as they return to their communities from BJS custody and need medical, mental health, education, housing and other services.


Bureau of Community Corrections

Superintendent Aaron Westfall, Parkersburg Correctional Center and Jail for overseeing the largest facility in Community Corrections while also supervising the Wood County Holding Center and finding ways to improve conditions and operations at both.


Richard Tingler, Correctional Officer II, Wood County Holding Center for aiding the successful transition of the holding center from a county-run facility to one operated by DCR.


Laura Toler, Parole Officer I, Parole Services for serving as a go-to colleague who assists with investigations and absconders and for applying her knowledge, networking and dedication in 2019 to help solve multiple crimes including a homicide, a sexual assault, a drive-by shooting, and an armed robbery.


Training and Staff Development Bureau

Lauren Storey, Correctional Trainer, Field Training Operations for setting and maintaining a high standard of performance for herself. Storey represents DCR at job fairs, has earned a place on its Honor Guard, and in late 2019 distinguished herself by providing life-saving measures during an inmate’s medical emergency and assisting with the transport of a pregnant inmate when she went into labor.


Intergovernmental Affairs Bureau

Kathie Sizemore, Secretary II, for handling multiple responsibilities including constituent services, grievances, Equal Employment Opportunity matters and both legal and investigations staff support.


Central Office

Captain Howard Stoffel, Correctional Officer VI for his commitment to improving recruitment efforts, helping to reduce vacancies by several hundred positions over the course of 2019.


Inspector General Bureau

Tim Harper, Corrections Program Manager III, Office of PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Compliance for leading a team that ensured PREA accreditation for five facilities including DCR’s two largest prisons (Mount Olive and Huttonsville) and jails (North Central and South Central) – with all passing without needing an improvement plan.


Steve Berthiaume, Acting Director, Corrections Investigation Division for helping to oversee the investigation regarding Basic Training Class 18, which involved interviews conducted all across the state with more than 70 individuals.


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 957-2515 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov