BATH – Two Steuben County officers were commended Monday for saving the life of an inmate at the county jail June 19.

Corrections Officer Kristopher Kester and Sgt. Vincent Fanzo performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on an inmate after Kester found the man lying unresponsive on the floor, Sheriff David Cole said. 

When he found the inmate, Kester called for assistance and sent for revival equipment. Fanzo responded and called for an ambulance.

Kester and Fanzo performed CPR until the inmate's pulse returned and he was able to breathe on his own, Cole said.  

County Corrections Division Maj. Matthew Whitmore also noted that Kester, who is president of the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is highly skilled in CPR.

“Your attention to your duties and quick response to a critical situation saved this inmate's life,” Cole told Kester and Fanzo at a meeting of the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee. “You are hereby commended for your outstanding performance and dedication to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Steuben County.”