According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, an inmate at a state corrections facility in Stillwater Wednesday attacked and killed Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm. Senator Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) released the following statement in response to the tragedy.
“I am shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a 16-year state corrections employee on the job. I offer my deepest condolences to Officer Gomm’s family, friends, and coworkers. People like Officer Gomm are public servants of an extraordinary caliber who deserve our thanks and gratitude. The men and women who risk their own personal safety in pursuit of the public’s safety are nothing short of heroes. This is a time to mourn Officer Gomm and show solidarity with Minnesotans like him who keep us safe. Counseling services are available through the state Employee Assistance Program for members of our corrections workforce during this difficult time (1-800-657-3719). When a new Legislature returns to St. Paul in January, ensuring the safety of our corrections employees must be a priority. My office is a resource for constituents and stakeholders who want to work with me to achieve this goal.”
This statement was originally published in the Pine City Pioneer.