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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
June 9, 2015
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Charlotte Correctional Institution to hold Memorial Service for Fallen Correctional Officer Darla K. Lathrem

Punta Gorda, Fla. – Charlotte Correctional Institution will celebrate the life and public service of Fallen Correctional Officer Darla K. Lathrem.

WHAT: Correctional Officer Lathrem became the first female Correctional Officer in Florida to give her life in the line of duty during a June 11, 2003 failed escape attempt at Charlotte Correctional Institution.  A joint Honor Guard from the Punta Gorda Police Department and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will present the colors, while Officer Lathrem’s father will conduct the invocation and her brother-in-law will present a reflection on her life.      
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Charlotte Correctional Institution (in front of Administration Building)
33123 Oil Well Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
CONTACT: Service shall take place outside of the Administration Building, so access to the facility is not required.  Please contact the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications with any questions.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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