There has been some tragic news that has come in this week after an officer died following an altercation between another officer and an inmate.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers. The unexpected death has shaken the community, and many people have expressed their condolences to the family over social media sites. Will you join us in praying?
On Monday, September 24, a Minnesota Department of Corrections Officer has died. Officer Joseph Parise, 37, died in the line of duty after he rushed to save a fellow correctional officer who was being attacked by an inmate at Oak Park Heights.
At around 12 p.m. Monday, a corrections officer was being attacked by an inmate. The inmate had repeatedly punched the officer in the face. Officer Parise was one of several officers who jumped into the fight.
After the violent altercation, Parise began suffering from a "medical emergency," according to reports. He was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was pronounced dead.
His exact cause of death has not yet been determined, however, some are reporting that he suffered from a heart attack.
Parise was married and had a young daughter with another child on the way. He served the Department of Corrections for four years, according to the "GoFundMe" page.
"We are deeply saddened by today's events," Minnesota Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to Officer Parise's family, friends and all of his fellow officers.”
“Officer Parise always put others before himself,” the fundraising page read. “He will be missed, but you will always be with us BROTHER. We will take your watch from here.”
According to AFSCME Local 915 Vice President and fellow Correctional Officer Derek Magle described Correctional Officer Parise as “fun, charismatic, [and] positive."
“He always worried about other staff before he worried about himself. When you were having issues, he would reach out to try to help,” Magle continued.
Will you please keep the Parise family in your thoughts and prayers?