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The Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility recognized four correctional officers with certificates at Wednesday's luncheon for National Correctional Officers Week.

Every year the BCRCF celebrates National Correctional Officers Week with a week of activities to show appreciation to it's staff.

The correctional facility kicked the week off by providing officers with donuts and coffee on Monday, and cupcakes and ice cream on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams and Warden Ora Starks treated the officers to barbeque ribs, chicken, hot dogs and burgers served by the staff.

During the luncheon, Stark named Ralph Butler, Eloise Jackson, Phillip Mayhall, and Malcolm Westley as star correctional officers for the week.

They were selected as those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Westley has worked as a correctional officer for over a year, and considers himself a team player.

"I just feel like getting there on time to help my team and being a team player is important. If they need me, I'm always there to do my best to help out, " said Westley.

"Many times when people start working they may have problems coming to work, but this young man has come to work, and has not called in (absent) since he started," said Stark about Westley.

Mayhall hase worked on the third shift at the correctional facility for four year. He attributes his honor to hard work.

"Every night I come to work determined and make sure no one gets hurt. I want to thank both of my sergeants for picking me and believing in me," said Mayhall.

Jackson is an eight-year veteran of the facility and according to Chief of Security Gloria Wesley, she has always shown a take-action spirit.

Butler has worked at the correctional facility for 11 years and it's his first time being honored.

"It's a great honor," said Butler twice. "I come here everyday sometime on my off day.  They call me Mr. No-Days-Off because; I'm here whenever I'm needed," said Butler.

On Thursday, the correctional facility handed out door prizes to all the correctional officers and non-security staff and today they had a balloon release in recognition of officer killed in the line of duty.

"We've had good people who have loss their lives in the line of duty trying to do their job. A lot of people don't look at it that way. They think we just come to work and that's it. What we want to do is just show appreciation for our fallen comrades, and let them know that you are not forgotten," said Wesley.

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