...maybe these aren't the kinds of jobs these prison towns should be wishing for their kids to grow into. The rate of suicide among corrections officers is reportedly higher than that of regular cops...
Our condolences to Dale's friends, family, and colleagues; suicide is a devastating way to leave.
A 52-year-old corrections officer at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma died in an apparent suicide last week at the prison.
The corrections officer, now identified as Dale Thomas, fatally shot himself at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night, at the complex's parking lot shortly after his shift began, according to Barrett Marson, media relations administrator for ADOC.
Thomas, who was working the overnight shift that night, was a 12-year veteran of the job, having entered service with the Department of Corrections back in September of 1999.
The Arizona State Prison Complex - Yuma is located on the corner of Avenue B and Juan Sanchez Boulevard, east of San Luis.
Marson said the incident is under investigation.
Thomas is not the first corrections officer from ASPC-Yuma to have committed suicide while on the job.
In January of 2007 a male corrections officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the firing range during weapons training.
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