Corrections officer who came to fellow officer’s aid honored

Corrections officer who came to fellow officer’s aid honored

PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona corrections officer who risked his own safety to rescue another officer from an attack by prisoners has been honored for his actions.

Sgt. Joel Reza came to the aid of an officer who had been knocked unconscious by inmates at a dining hall in the state prison in Florence on April 9. The Department of Corrections says Officer Daryl Boisvert was on the ground when Reza placed himself between Boisvert and attacking prisoners to protect the other officer.

Reza was injured as inmates continued to attack but protected Boisvert from further injury.

Reza was awarded the outstanding law enforcement officer’s valor award last week by the Phoenix chapter of ASIS International. The group is an organization for security professionals.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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