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June 10, 2015
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Holmes County Times Advertiser: Correctional officer saves woman from fire

Published June 9, 2015
By Carol Kent Wyatt

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I believe that our role goes far beyond traditional incarceration and our goal should be to change lives every single day.

Rexann Duren, an officer employed with Jackson Correctional Institute in Marianna, was on the way to watch her daughter graduate from Pre-K in Washington County when she noticed a house fire on Cope Rd.

What Duren did in the next few minutes saved a life.

"Something told me to check the house," said Duren, who immediately made a U-turn and was able to locate an elderly woman inside the burning home.

Duren pulled the woman to safety and waited for emergency responders to arrive.

"There is no doubt Officer Duren's action saved this woman's life," said Warden Felicia Nobles of Jackson C.I. "This speaks to the caliber of men and women who work within our department, and we are proud to call her one of our own."


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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