Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
MAY 2, 2003
(Columbus) – At a ceremony
held this afternoon, Reginald A. Wilkinson, Director of the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), named Correction Officer (CO) Howard C.
Webb as the DRC Corrections Officer of the Year and the recipient of the Ronald
C. Marshall Award.
Webb works at the Toledo Correctional Institution (ToCI).
He began his career with DRC at the Montgomery Education and Pre-Release
Center in Dayton in 1997 and transferred to ToCI in 2000.
He is an active member of the ToCI Special Tactical and Response Team and
takes advantage of training opportunities in a variety of areas.
Wilkinson made a special presentation during the banquet.
Each year, DRC awards a Gold Star Award for Valor to select employees
that have risked their own personal safety to resolve a dangerous situation and
that have been directly involved in saving a life or preventing serious physical
harm to others. This is DRC highest
award for bravery and courage. Today,
Director Wilkinson announced that the Gold Star Award for Valor has been
officially named the Vallandingham Gold Star Award for Valor in honor of
Corrections Officer Robert Vallandingham who was slain during the riot at the
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) ten years ago.
wanted the Vallandingham name to become a permanent symbol of recognition within
this agency,” explained Director Wilkinson. “This will be a means of ensuring that this agency will
always remember Officer Vallandingham and the sacrifice he made.”
Wilkinson presented a Vallandingham Gold Star Award for Valor to Officer
Vallandingham, posthumously to his widow, Peggy. There was also a plaque presented to Bobby Vallandingham’s
sister, Shirley Osbourn, to posthumously recognize their parents, Homer and
Wanda Vallandingham, who were activists with victim’s issues following
Vallandingham Gold Star Award for Valor was also presented to Lt. Darrold Clark,
the only former hostage of the Lucasville riot still working at SOCF.
more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614)