During a week devoted to recognizing corrections employees, officials at the Lansing Correctional Facility paused Thursday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Officials remembered the seven LCF employees who were killed in the line of duty over the course of the prison's history. Family members of some of the fallen employees also were on hand for Thursday's memorial service, which is an annual event at the prison.
Acting Warden Rex Pryor said the event helps remind people of "the reality of this type of business."
"It definitely brings it home," he said after the ceremony.
The memorial service was held during the prison's observance of Corrections Employee Week. Pryor said the weeklong observance has included an all-employee picnic and employee of the year presentations.
Thursday's ceremony was held at the site of a brick memorial on the LCF grounds that includes the names of the seven people who were killed in the line of duty.
The names of the fallen employees were read during the ceremony. And a moment of silence was called for over the prison's radio system.
Family members of the fallen employees and prison officials placed flowers at the base of the memorial. Most placed roses, but Berenice Johnson placed potted daisy chrysanthemums at the base of the memorial. Johnson is the widow of a Corrections Officer Donald Martin, who was killed in August 1978.
"He loved daisies," she said.