Officials at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth took time Monday to remember prison employees who made the ultimate sacrifice.
USP employees who were killed in the line of duty, as well as fallen employs from other federal prisons, were remembered during a memorial service.
"They did not seek glory, but glory surrounds them," said Unit Manager Marshall Grissom.
Monday's program featured a video that provided information about the circumstances of the deaths of 24 BOP employees as well a one contract worker. The details were told in the first person of the individuals who lost their lives.
USP's Capt. Dennis Treadway rang a bell to honor each of the fallen employees.
Seven of the people profiled in the video were killed in Leavenworth. In fact, the first three BOP employees who were killed in the line of duty worked at the USP in Leavenworth. The last time an employee was killed in the line of duty at the Leavenworth facility was in 1974.
The names of seven additional USP employees who died by other means while they were on duty also were read during the ceremony.
A memorial service is held each year at the USP during National Correctional Workers Week.
Various activities are planned for this week. Tours of the institution were offered earlier in the day Monday for retirees and their families.
During the memorial service, Warden Claude Maye asked USP employees as they enjoy the week to remember those who have given their lives. He also asked staff members to "remember to take care of each other."
"We work in a very dangerous environment that could become volatile at any time," he said.