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Bureau of Prisons honors fallen correctional officers during National Correctional Officers Week

There have been 26 federal correctional officers who have died in the line of duty

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Federal Bureau of Prisons

By Sarah Roebuck

WASHINGTON — Leaders from the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons convened to pay tribute to the sacrifice and service of fallen federal correctional officers as part of National Correctional Officers Week.

The BOP said 26 federal correctional officers have died in the line of duty, ABC News reported.

“We gather together today to honor the memory of those Bureau employees who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” Bureau of Prisons Director Colete Peters said at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. “We must never forget the tragedies of the past and the corrections professional’s lives cut short while ensuring the public’s safety and working to prepare those in custody for successful reentry into our communities.”

During the tribute, ABC News reports Peters talked about Royal Cline, a corrections officer who died at USP Alcatraz in 1938 shortly after the BOP was established, and Lt. Osvaldo Albarati, who was murdered in 2013 after he was targeted by inmates on his way home from work at Metropolitan Detention Center Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.

Shane Fausey, president of the Council of Prison Locals, the largest union representing over 30,000 federal corrections officers, commended correctional staff as remarkable individuals who bravely confront danger while others shy away.

National Correctional Officers Week was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on May 5, 1984, to acknowledge the courage and heroism it takes to dedicate your life and career to such a role.