Quick Actions Of Jail Staff Save Two Lives


Last week an adult female in custody of the Lincoln County Jail attempted suicide by strangling herself with a shirt she had removed from her body. The female appeared to be in a mental health crisis and was in a booking cell with a camera under observation. A deputy on duty observed her attempt to strangle herself with her shirt.


The deputy called for assistance, entered the cell, and removed the shirt from her neck. Medical and mental health staff in the jail were notified.The adult in custody was placed on suicide watch and transported to the hospital for mental health crisis intervention. She returned to the custody of the Lincoln County Jail several days later and will continue to receive the care, she needs from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff, which includes the medical team, a Pretrial Counselor, and a Jail Counselor.


Three days later an adult male in custody of the Lincoln County Jail attempted suicide by hanging himself with jail issued clothing attached to the upper bunk in a cell by himself.

A supervisor doing a routine welfare check found the individual unresponsive and limp. The supervisor asked for assistance and the responding deputy lifted the individual up as a second deputy cut through the clothing. The staff involved in this incident called for an AED and for an ambulance to respond to the jail. The adult in custody was awake and responsive prior to EMS arriving.


The adult in custody was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical and mental health care. He was discharged the next day and returned to the jail. While in custody he will continue to receive the care he needs from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff, which includes the medical team, a Pretrial Counselor, and a Jail Counselor. The observations and quick actions of the staff working in the Lincoln County Jail on these days contributed to a positive outcome. All Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff receive First Aid, AED, CPR and Narcan training from the two Registered Nurses employed in the jail.


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