GROVELAND – Father-and-son fellow corrections officers at Groveland Correctional Facility say that saving an inmate’s life together was a great feeling.
Our news partner News 10NBC sat down with Corrections Officers Ken and Brandon Poddany to talk about the experience. Just before New Year’s Eve inside the Groveland prison, Brandon saw two inmates trying to carry another inmate from the yard.
“I noticed his eyes were rolled back in his head, he was foaming from the mouth,” said Brandon Poddany.
He called an emergency. His dad was on the other side of the radio. He and nurses Susan Beck and Kimberly Koranas ran to the prisoner. Beck gave three shots of Narcan, an opiate overdose antidote. The father and sonperformed CPR.
“Our adrenaline was really pumping during the whole experience,” said Kimberly Koranas, a Registered Nurse at Groveland.
After 10 minutes of barely breathing, the inmate got a pulse. The Groveland superintendent says even though they deal with prisoners, they treat them like human beings.
“That’s why they were willing to save someone’s life,” said Superintendent Shawn Cronin, “because it’s not a question of ‘it’s an inmate.’ It’s another human being.”
“I like working with my son,” said Kenneth Poddany. “I actually started at Groveland the year he was born.”
“When I was a kid, I used to watch my dad go to work and come home eight hours later,” said Brandon Poddany. “I never thought I would be going to work — especially in a prison environment — with my dad. So to be able to share in saving someone’s life is a really great feeling.”
Cronin said that the investigation into exactly how the inmate came to possess heroin in state prison is still under investigation.