MDOC Sgt. Sherry Rosenbum, left, is honored by Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne L. Precythe, right, and Division of Adult Institutions Director Alana Boyles during a ceremony May 16 in Jefferson City. 

Summersville resident Sherry Rosenbum recently received the Missouri Department Corrections (MDOC) Director’s Award of Valor due to her actions on the job late last year.

State Rep. Robert Ross recently joined with the MDOC to recognize the outstanding efforts of Rosenbum, a Corrections Officer II at the South Central Correction Center (SCCC) in Licking. A special ceremony was held at the Ike Skelton Training Center in Jefferson City, and Ross presented Rosenbum with an official House Resolution in honor of her service to the state. The ceremony took place during Missouri Correctional Employees’ Week on May 16.

The Director’s Award of Valor is given to MDOC staff members who perform outstanding heroic services, particularly in lifesaving or life-threatening situations. On Nov. 14, 2016, Rosenbum called a Code 70 (fire), after discovering smoke coming from a cell. She was joined by other corrections officers who attempted to overcome the smoke, but were forced to turn back.

Rosenbum then entered the cell alone and discovered a prisoner unresponsive on the floor. She then pulled the unconscious inmate from the smoke-filled cell and took him to a secure area where medical staff rendered treatment until he regained consciousness, and afterward made a full recovery. 

Rosenbum began her career with the MDOC on May 17, 2004, as a Corrections Officer I at the SCCC and was promoted to her present rank of Corrections Officer II on April 16, 2011.

“Sherry Rosenbum was truly heroic that day as she risked her own life to bravely move forward to rescue a life when others were forced to turn back” said Ross, R-Yukon. “Her dedication and ability to remain calm in stressful situations, combined with her competence in reacting with sound judgment are all attributes that make her an outstanding employee and someone truly deserving of our appreciation.” 

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