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Attacked correctional officer speaks for the first time


MARATHON COUNTY, Wisconsin (WAOW) - For the first time one of the Marathon County correction officers hurt in a jail attack last month is talking about what happened. Denney Woodward was honored at the Marathon County courthouse Tuesday (04/17) for what his department is calling an act of bravery. 

Officials say an inmate attacked Officer Woodward and Officer Julie Christiansen during meal time on March 27th. Marathon County authorities say Woodward helped to get the inmate away from Christensen who was critically injured. Woodward says the day of the attack is one he will never forget.

"It's not hard to remember. I think it everyday. It's in my mind. A sketch in my head pretty much for the rest of my life I can only get rest until she gets out of the hospital and makes a full recovery. [That's] the only thing I'm concerned with, " says Woodward.

Authorities say Officer Christensen is still in intensive care.

Meanwhile the inmate, 20-year-old Fredrick Morris, is being held at the Lincoln County Jail. No charges have been filed yet.  


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