Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Prison pays homage to fallen workers

May 5, 2005

Members of the Lansing Correctional Facility joined family members Tuesday in remembering the seven corrections workers who have died in service since the prison began accepting inmates in 1868.

Warden Dave McKune told about 120 people gathered at a memorial on the prison's southeast side that it was "fitting and proper to remember" the seven men during National Corrections Officers Week, which is being observed May 1-7 this year. The men, he said, gave their lives to further the safety of all corrections officials.

Relatives of three of the seven workers attended the 10-minute service, which included an honor guard, roll call of the deceased, the playing of "Taps," a moment of silence and the placing of flowers on a memorial to the fallen officers.

Margaret Burns Gorski and Thomas Oretel, daughter and grandson of slain parole officer/record clerk David Burns, and Henry and Mary Kenaga, son and daughter-in-law of slain corrections officer Henry Kenaga, attended. Prison officials said there was one other relative who attended but asked not to be identified.

The seven Lansing Correctional Facility workers honored Tuesday are:

¢ William Owens, a corrections officer who died Oct. 6, 1905, after being assaulted by an inmate in an escape attempt.

¢ David Burns, a parole officer/record clerk who died Dec. 15, 1923, after being shot while returning an escaped convict back to Lansing.

¢ Henry Kenaga, a corrections officer who died June 21, 1954, after being shot during an inmate uprising.

¢ Donald Martin, a corrections officer who died Aug. 19, 1978, after being attacked and fatally beaten by an inmate during a hostage incident..

¢ Burch Slote, a food service supervisor who died July 6, 1980.

¢ Robert Hurd, a corrections lieutenant who died Oct. 11, 1981, after being stabbed by an inmate.

¢ Mark Avery, a corrections officer who died May 23, 1993, after being attacked in a recreation hall uprising.

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