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Correctional officer at Norfolk County jail fired after inmate overdoses

A guard at the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham was fired Wednesday after two inmates suffered non-fatal overdoses last weekend, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Kara Nyman, the spokeswoman, provided details of the overdoses and subsequent firing in a brief statement.

"Keeping illegal contraband out of correctional facilities is a nation-wide challenge, and in Norfolk County, we make every effort to ensure the health and safety of staff and inmates alike,' Nyman said via e-mail. “Last Saturday, January 25th, two inmates who came into possession of illegal drugs suffered an overdose. Both received prompt medical care from our Norfolk County Corrections Officers and Medical Staff. Their swift and professional actions are to be commended.”

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On Wednesday, Nyman said, “a corrections officer was relieved of his duties and no further comment is available at this time as an investigation continues.”

Nyman didn’t name the officer.

Further information, including how the inmates obtained the drugs, wasn’t immediately available.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.