“It was a hard pill to swallow. And […] it was one of these deals that if you was gonna retire, you know, you got that retirement date, you go have your little retirement party and everybody pats you on the back. You get that proverbial gold watch and everything, you know, ‘Good job!’ and, you know, ‘Enjoy your retirement.’ And, like I say, I walked in the door […] that day and people never seen me again. I never walked back in the door.” – CO Wayne
It wasn’t Wayne’s plan to work in corrections but, once he started, he found quickly that he had a passion for it. In a career that spanned nearly two decades across multiple states and levels of security, he prided himself on being firm, fair, and objective. He especially enjoyed his work in transportation, which included getting inmates to everything from surgeries to court hearings, and it was a role from which he assumed he would retire – until an icy January morning changed everything.
Join former paramedic/firefighter and host Phil Klein as he shares the mic with friend and guest Corrections Officer Wayne, who recalls the accident that ended his career. While transporting two inmates to a court hearing, the van Wayne was riding in hit a patch of black ice and barrel rolled, leaving the van’s passengers trapped inside. After sustaining knee, back, and shoulder injuries as well as a concussion, what he originally thought would merely delay his return to work until the following Monday resulted in extensive physical therapy and surgeries and prevented him from ever stepping foot inside the prison again.
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