Each year, our Medal of Valor honors an act of extraordinary bravery and exceptional valor in the face of great danger, above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s recipient is Sgt. Rodney Spencer with North Fork Correctional Center.
On Aug. 5, 2018, a large fight erupted on North Fork’s Golf-Charlie housing unit between armed inmates. Spencer responded immediately to stop the fight. He saw one inmate down on the dayroom floor, surrounded by other inmates who were beating him. Sgt. Spencer quickly stepped in to separate them.
This act stopped the beating. Other inmates involved in the fight immediately responded and stopped fighting. This selfless act, with little more than a can of O-C spray between him and the angry inmates, was key to stopping the disturbance and saving that inmate’s life.
Sgt. Spencer joined D-O-C just before this incident after working 20 years at a private prison in Hinton. He quickly proved himself a valuable team member at North Fork Correctional Center. Today, we honor Sgt. Spencer.
Director Joe Allbaugh, Medal of Valor - Sgt. Rodney Spencer and Chair Board Member Frank X. Henke, IV