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Lake County officer named Illinois Sheriffs’ Association ‘Correctional Officer of the Year’

WAUKEGAN – Lake County Sheriff’s Corrections Officer Elvis Fejzic recently was awarded the 2020 Correctional Officer of the Year Award by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff John Idleburg nominated Fejzic for the award after Fejzic successfully saved two lives by stopping two inmate suicide attempts last year.

In August, Fejzic observed an inmate trying to choke himself with a bedsheet. Fejzic immediately took action, entered the inmate’s cell and unwrapped the sheet from around the inmate’s neck. A month later, Fejzic observed an inmate attempting suicide with a T-shirt in his jail cell. Fejzic and his partner, Corrections Officer Matthew Outinen, immediately entered the inmate’s cell, cut the shirt off the inmate’s neck and administered first aid.

Fejzic also was recognized for his thoroughness. He’s prevented numerous items of contraband from entering the interior of the jail.

“I am very proud of Corrections Officer Elvis Fejzic and excited he received such a prestigious award from the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association,” Idleburg said in a news release. “The dedication and service-oriented mindset of our corrections officers often go unseen by the community as their heroic actions occur behind closed doors. Each and every day, our corrections officers work diligently to make a positive impact on those incarcerated and continually participate in efforts to reduce recidivism.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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