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Honoring correction officers' 'silent work'

It's National Correction Officers Appreciation Week.

Posted: May. 10, 2018 7:49 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - When a person goes to jail, it's often the ending of a story for the public. But it's where the real work begins for correction officers. 

"I think a lot of times the public doesn't see us because were inside concrete and steel," training deputy Mary Mauseth with Olmsted County Sheriff's Department said. 

"That's part of the job, you have to accept that you're in here and you do silent work. It's an easy job to forget that exists as far as the community's concerned, but it's important work," Detention deputy Laura Gearhart with Olmsted County Sheriff's Department said. 

Correction officers don't do this job for the 'thank yous.'

"A lot of times we do feel under appreciated so this does bring our job out into the light," Deputy Mauseth said. 

They're celebrating the appreciation week with pizza, cake, and display boards set up in the Government's Center's information area.  

While the community spends just seven days saying thank you, deputies appreciate the job every day. 

"How family we are, as in coworkers, we got a big family, we all stick together we're there for each other," Detention deputy Devonte Wallace said. 

"It takes a special type of personality to do this work and come inside these concrete walls every day with a positive attitude. My coworkers are honorable people, and I'm proud of them, and they're proud of me, and we support each other the best we can in here and I think that's my favorite part, being part of that team." Deputy Gearhart said. 

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