Employee of the Month – Corporal James Garvin
Corporal Garvin was nominated by his coworkers. Corporal Garvin has been with the York County Detention Center since May 2000. Corporal Garvin was nominated due to his willingness to always help out the shift. It is rare that the on-duty shifts need to ask for his help because he usually just steps in where ever he sees a way to make things easier. Being that he has been here 21 years, he is very knowledgeable in all areas. He helps give breaks to Master Control without being asked when the shifts are short staffed as well. He is a great person to ask questions to (or just to clarify) about policy or about any facility procedures. Many times he sees that the on-duty supervisors don’t often get a break or are able to leave to get food for lunch/dinner so he will go to get food for the shift; many times paying for it as well. He can always be counted on to bring snacks/doughnuts. As an officer, he goes above and beyond without ever having to be asked. Corporal Garvin is an asset to have as part of the team as well as part of the York County Detention Center.
Life Saving Awards: Officer Stefanie Sharp
On April 26, 2021, while feeding dinner to a housing unit, Officer Sharp found an inmate in their cell with an object tied around their neck, unresponsive. Officer Sharp immediately requested the door be accessed, entered the cell and removed the item from around the inmate’s neck. Due to the quick observation and actions by Officer Sharp, the inmate did not require CPR and survived the suicide attempt.
Commendations: Lieutenant Jessica Hall
On May 25, 2021, Lieutenant Jessica Hall received a phone call from York Police Department that they were dealing with a subject who had recently been released from the York County Detention Center. The inmate had a stick and was waving it around wildly in public. Lieutenant Hall asked them if they would like her to assist due to the rapport that she had with the subject. She left the facility and helped York Police Officers Whitson and Davis calm the subject down, as well as gain compliance, and agreed to get into the police car to be transported to the The Rock in Rock Hill. Lieutenant Hall volunteered to help this subject that she knew had mental health issues, and did not need to be immediately arrested and brought back to the facility. While the subject can be a difficult individual to deal with while incarcerated, Lieutenant Hall knew that his actions could easily have caused him to be arrested and brought back to the Detention Center so she willingly left the facility to assist. Lieutenant Hall’s compassion and empathy can be clearly seen in her desire to help in this situation before it escalated further. Due to her actions, the subject was able to be transported to The Rock and hopefully will get some well needed assistance instead of being arrested again.
Letters of Appreciation: Officer Florence Green
Officer Green was issued this letter of appreciation from a co-worker. Officer Green came in and helped during a long weekend. Officer Green didn’t have too but she sacrificed her weekend to come in to work and make sure that the housing unit officers on shift got breaks and help in any way she could. Dedication and selflessness to helping another team is highly appreciated! We are extremely grateful for what Officer Green does.