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Hero Down: New Hampshire DOC Corrections Officer Lawrence Prather Dies After Suffering Pulmonary Embolism At Work

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Corrections (NHDOC) Corrections Officer Lawrence Christopher Prather died in the line of duty on Jan. 25 after suffering a pulmonary embolism during his shift at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men.

The 42-year-old corrections officer, who generally worked alone, had responded to multiple overdose incidents inside the facility in the days prior to his death, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Two of those incidents occurred within a five-day window.

Both inmates became physically violent with corrections officers and emergency medical personnel during the overdose events, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Corrections Officer Prather was working in the facility’s North End Housing Unit on Jan. 25 when he suffered a pulmonary embolism.

Nursing staff and fellow corrections officers immediately initiated lifesaving efforts before Corrections Officer Prather was rushed to Concord Hospital, but he did not survive, the Concord Patch reported.

NHDOC Commissioner Helen Hanks said the fallen corrections officer was a valued member of the agency.

“Officer Prather’s passion, kindness, and dedication to his career with the NH Department of Corrections was admirable,” Commissioner Hanks said, according to the Concord Patch. “He was a friendly, positive, and loyal officer who is already greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Officer Prather’s family and those closest to him during this incredibly difficult time.”

Corrections Officer Prather joined the NHDOC in 2017 and was a graduate of the New Hampshire Corrections Academy’s 104th class.

He received the Team Commendation Award in April of 2018 for his actions during a team response to a disturbance at the prison, the Concord Patch reported.

The following year, Corrections Officer Prather was assigned to the facility’s Division of Rehabilitative Services, where he worked with inmates who were re-entering the community.

He leaves behind his daughters, Sarina and Cyan, as well as his brother and his father, according to his obituary.

A fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $6,800 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New Hampshire Department of Corrections Corrections Officer Lawrence Christopher Prather, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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