Inmate Fatally Stabs Federal C.O.
February 26, 2013
An inmate fatally stabbed a federal corrections officer Monday night in Wayne County, Pa., with a homemade shank, reports WNEP.
Officer Eric Williams, 34, was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. following the assault at United States Penitentiary-Canaan, a high security institution located near Waymart about 20 miles east of Scranton.
Officer Williams had worked at the prison since September of 2011.
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jason @ 2/27/2013 5:44 AM
we are the forgotton cop. Correctional officers.
"Blessed are the Peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God"
Tim @ 2/27/2013 6:49 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co-workers. Ive worked behind the wall and the public has no idea what these guys go through. My son works there and was personally involved in the incident. The trauma that these officers must feel and carry with them for the rest of their lives is heart breaking. One person on the news who they interviewed stated " They knew what could happen when they took the Job". I suppose shes right every officer knows what could happen when they take the job. What people fail to appreciate is that because we do the job that no one else wants to do, these inmates arent banging down their door and hurting them. For this area the job pays well, but alot comes with that. Everyday you go to work behind the wall could be your last. The diseases that you may get from an inmate and bring home to your family isnt worth the money, but somehow you feel a sence of duty for the job. It is a shame that so many cutbacks are being made for our brothers behind the wall as well as us on the streets for budget reasons. It makes you wonder does anyone have vaule for human life anymore. To the officers at the prison my prayers are with you daily. Remember always to watch each others backs because as you know behind the wall each other is all you have. Let the brotherhood and sisterhood learn from this and never forget Officer Williams and his family and the sacrafice they made. Now is the time to support one another and to support his family. Let them know now and always you will be there for them. I worked behind the wall for 10 years and saw nothing like I hear about USP-Canaan. I ask that all law enforcement and corrections officers please try to attend the funeral or viewing from all over the country. This is a chance to show the world that we are united and we are mourning yet another officer fallen while trying to protect and serve. Stay Safe and God Bless.
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