11 from TCI recognized personally by governor


Some 11 officers at Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) received personal letters of thanks from Gov. Rick Scott Monday in recognition of their “heroic actions” in saving the life of a fellow officer who was attacked and nearly beaten to death by an inmate.

The letters were prompted by another letter the governor recently received from the officer whose life was saved, Sgt. (ret.) Phillip Castelucci.

PHOTO: Shown at Monday’s ceremony honoring Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) officers were (back row, left to right) Sgt. Eric Sadler (accepting on Eddie Tomlinson’s behalf), TCI Warden David McCallum, Assistant Region 2 Director Duane Spears, Region 1 Director of Institutions Samuel Culpepper and Sgt. Richard Ross; (front row, left to right) retired officer Charlene Valentine, nurse Amy O’Quinn, Major Steven Micklos, James B. Hayden (accepting on behalf of his late father, Sgt. James Hayden), Sgt. (ret.) Phillip Castelucci, Warden Scott Crews, Sgt. Bart Lyons, DOC Deputy Secretary Timothy Cannon, Warden James Blackwood and Classification Officer Michael Smith. 

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