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Jail worker awarded for preventing inmate suicide

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A worker at the Johnson County Jail was honored Monday for saving an inmate back in July from hanging herself.

Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek presented Control Center Operator Kim Pearson with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Lifesaving Award for her actions on July 10.

That morning, Pearson discovered a female inmate trying to hang herself.

The Sheriff says the inmate was standing on a table with a blanket wrapped around her neck tied off to an overhead speaker.

“Pearson quickly moved into position to summon help and then lifted the inmate up in an attempt to take pressure off the inmate's neck," Pulkrabek said in a release. "Pearson then climbed up onto the day room table while supporting the female inmate's body weight until other officers arrived and were able to untie the blanket from the speaker above the table where the inmate was positioned.

"I feel that if it hadn't been for Kim's quick and appropriate action taken in the early morning hours of July 10, 2014, a jail death would have occurred," Pulkrabek added.

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