WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators say an inmate at the Trumbull County Jail tried to commit suicide over the weekend but was revived by corrections officers, who are now being hailed as heroes.
“Sunday, shortly after 2 p.m., we had an individual that was found hanging in the bathroom area of our kitchen,” said Lieutenant Eric Shay. “It’s not anything that’s unexpected. It’s something that we train for, we prepare for.”
He says the inmate is a low-level offender who was booked on a probation violation. Shay also says the inmate has been at their facility a few times in the past and hasn’t shown suicidal signs up until this point.
Matt Abbott, Paul Burley and Sergeant Rob Eckenrod are being recognized for their quick, lifesaving actions after the incident was caught on surveillance video. They can be seen trying to revive the inmate with an AED and performing chest compressions. He was then wheeled out of the kitchen on a stretcher.
Jail officials say the officers responded perfectly and if it wasn’t for them, the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“They did a phenomenal job. They utilized their training, they kept their composure and they did exactly what was expected of them,” Shay said. “It was the best possible outcome we could have had.”
Each year, the jail’s 60 corrections officers, six sergeants and five lieutenants are trained on suicide prevention. Shay says because of that training and changes to the intake screening process, there hasn’t been a suicide at the jail in several years.
The inmate is now out of the Intensive Care Unit and is recovering at St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown.
The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.