Correctional officer dies at his post

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

PUTNAMVILLE -- A 71-year-old correctional officer was pronounced dead Saturday morning at the Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF).

Correctional Officer Ronald K. "Frenchie" French of Rosedale was reportedly found unresponsive at his PCF post assignment at approximately 6:30 a.m., authorities said.

Staff members contacted Operation Life ambulance and immediately began CPR.

At this time, the Parke County man's death appears to have been a result of natural causes, pending review by the Putnam County Coroner's Office.

"It's difficult to lose a loved one, but even more so during this time of year," Putnamville Correctional Facility Superintendent Stanley Knight said. "His dedication and professionalism will be missed. My condolences and deepest sympathy is extended to the family."

Officer French served as a correctional sergeant, correctional lieutenant and correctional captain; was on several emergency squad teams and served as an Honor Guard member during his 28 years of employment at Putnamville.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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  • French served the citizens of the State of Indiana, and Putnam County without praise. He worked a thankless job and asked nothing in return, because of his efforts our world is a better and safer place...You were one of the toughest screws to walk a will be missed my friend...

    -- Posted by BDC on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 1:01 PM
  • No one will ever know the impact you had on the young lives of staff and offenders. Always positive and professional in your duties. From the many details you completed downtown, at other facilities and here at the farm, thank you! Remember my friend, "don't start none, there won't be none."

    -- Posted by unclewayne on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 8:06 PM
  • You will certainly be missed, Cap. You did a lot for the new C/O's coming in. You were respected by many.

    -- Posted by steve47834 on Wed, Dec 28, 2011, at 6:38 PM
  • A good friend and mentor, I will miss you greatly Frenchie.

    -- Posted by js584 on Wed, Dec 28, 2011, at 9:35 PM
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