ACA honors awardees.

Author:Clayton, Susan L.
Position:2009 Winter Conference Jan 9-14, 2009 - American Correctional Association

At the General Session I, several ACA awards were given including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award, which was presented to Victoria A. Faux, a student and volunteer with Parents Anonymous of New Jersey. Through her volunteer work, Faux helps distressed parents and teenagers resolve difficulties in their lives. Born in Sierra Leone, raised in England and now living in the U.S., Faux has gained an understanding of cultural differences and the need to embrace them. Faux is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology from Vermont College. For the past four years, she has worked as a health services administrative assistant for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. "I feel very honored to receive this great award," Faux said. She acknowledged that her supervisor is the one who gave her the push she needed to apply for the scholarship. And for this, she said, she is very grateful. "I'm really elated. And on behalf of my family and my daughter who is here with me today I want to say thank you very much for giving me this prestigious award."

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Next, the Medal of Valor Award was presented to Lionel Barley, senior storekeeper at Lansing Correctional Facility in Johnson County, Kan., for his heroic efforts in saving the life of a co-worker during an assault. On July 30, 2007, Barley realized that Pam Bonner was being attacked by an inmate. He burst through the barricaded door and entered the office where the attack was taking place. Once inside, Barley was able to kick the weapon out of the inmate's hand and pull him off Bonner by wrestling him to the floor. Although Barley sustained stab wounds, he was able to contain the inmate while others carried the victim to safety. "I thank you all for the opportunity to be here for this award. It is a memory I will forever cherish," Barley said. He told attendees he was most grateful that Bonner is back to work now full time with little alteration to her work style. "She showed more bravery than I think I could muster after an attack like that I don't know if I could have come back," Barley said. "She is a pillar of strength and a great example for all in the corrections industry."

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ACA's Community Service Award was presented to the North American Association for Wardens and Superintendents and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation for their Make a Smile charitable campaign. After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf...

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