Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                              

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    MAY 3, 2002


(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) held its annual Memorial Service which pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and recognizes employees that have retried after years of dedicated service to the Department. 

“The Memorial Service this year is not only in recognition of those who have retired or were lost in the line of duty, but we are also recognizing the strength and resolve of all of the employees of this agency,” stated Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  “Staff have continued to display professionalism and dedication to getting the job done despite the many challenges they have had to face this year.”

The ceremony today included a twenty one-gun salute in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their job duties.  This marks the twelfth year for the Memorial Service, which is held at the DRC Employee Recognition Park located on the grounds of the Orient Correctional Complex in Orient, Ohio. 

For more information, contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.