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    Limestone County jailer Alaina Feeney, center, is commended by Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, second from right, Jail Administrator Steve Turrubiarte, far left, and others at the Sheriff’s Office for her intervention to stop an inmate’s attempted suicide a few weeks ago.

Limestone County jailer stops inmate’s attempted suicide

By Roxanne Thompson Staff Writer

Three suicide attempts in the past month among inmates at the Limestone County Jail have been successfully blocked, one especially notable because of the actions of a jailer.

Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported on the incident at commissioners court’s Feb. 13 meeting, commending jailer Alaina Feeney for taking extra steps to check on an inmate, which made the intervention successful.

Wilson told the court he did not know why three inmates tried to hang themselves within such a short period of time. He credited his staff entirely, however, for preventing the inmates’ intended actions.

“Because they were alert and paying attention while they were doing their jobs, three individuals that were fixing to make a bad life choice were interrupted by a correctional officer,” Wilson said.

According to Wilson, Feeney was responsible on a particular day for the violent-cell tank, which involved her checking on those in the cells every 15 minutes. These inmates had already been removed from the general population and were under suicide watch.

Wilson said he has his jailers vary their checks on inmates so those incarcerated don’t knew precisely when the check is coming.

Feeney had already checked the inmates and didn’t need to do any more checks immediately. She sensed, however, that she needed to return right away to check on a certain inmate who had expressed suicidal intentions.  

“You would think that being in a suicide-watch cell, he’s in a safety zone,” Wilson told the commissioners, “but I’m telling you that inmates often can figure out things to do that you and I would never comprehend or think about.

“Alaina was sharp enough to realize that this young man was struggling and had made some pretty strong indications that he wanted to take his life,” he said.

When Feeney looked in on the inmate, he had started the process of hanging himself, Wilson said.

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