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Nevada corrections officers honored for actions in prison melee
By reviewjournal.com- Katelyn Newberg
Published: 02/08/2019

Corrections officers Neal Bengil and Jose Miranda were new to the job when a prison dormitory turned to chaos the night of March 9.

The officers, along with three co-workers, were unarmed when they went to stop a fight that had broken out among 24 inmates at Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs. It was the team’s bravery during the massive fight that earned the five officers awards from Corrections USA, a nonprofit that represents government corrections officers, Chairman James Baiardi said before Wednesday night’s awards ceremony at Harrah’s.

“It takes great courage to do something like that. Even out in the street most officers would wait for some kind of backup if there was a big rumble,” Baiardi said. “There were minor injuries in the incident because of their quick actions.”

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