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Smithfield Officer Sickened


Harrisburg, PA -- At approximately 10 a.m. on August 26, two SCI Smithfield officers observed an inmate acting suspiciously. Upon searching the inmate, an item dropped to the floor. One of the officers picked up the item, which contained a white, orange and blue paper. About 20 minutes later that officer reported experiencing a headache. Prison medical staff determined he needed to be evaluated at the hospital. As staff was preparing to drive the officer to the hospital, the officer became increasingly disoriented and confused. Another onsite medical assessment was conducted, and staff called for an ambulance to transport the officer to J.C. Blair Hospital. No additional information on the officer is available at this time. No other employees reported feeling sickened.

UPDATE: On August 26, the ER released the officer back to duty without restrictions beginning August 28. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Susan McNaughton, 717-728-4025


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