by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 12, 2021

WAUKEGAN, IL – Two Lake County Sheriff’s Office correctional officers rescued an inmate who attempted to harm himself on Monday.  Corrections Officers Garrett Parsell and Matthew Bellavia were escorting the inmate back to his cell from a recreational area when he attempted to jump over the upper mezzanine level to the floor below.  Parsell and Bellavia snatched the inmate and dragged him back to safety.  The inmate was not injured in the incident and is now being monitored for self-harm.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg stated “Officer Garrett Parsell and Officer Matthew Bellavia undoubtedly saved the life of this inmate and they are heroes in my book . . . They, along with their correctional staff colleagues, consistently go above and beyond to keep our inmates safe. I am incredibly proud of our correctional employees and the hard work they put in each and every day.”