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Corrections guard to lose occupational injury benefits

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - On the same day that state Corrections Secretary Ed Wall proclaimed that he took assaults on prison officers seriously, a guard at Stanley was told she would lose her occupational injury benefits.

Sgt. Carrie Seichter tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she couldn’t believe the irony of what happened back in January. And she feels, “discarded” by the corrections’ agency.

Wall has not commented.

It was a year ago Tuesday when the 45-year-old Seichter removed inmate Paul Golden from his cell at Stanley – and officials said Golden later ran up a stairway and punched the guard in the face numerous times. Golden is still facing charges of battery by a prisoner.

Seichter was later found to have a concussion, and she told the Journal Sentinel she still have lots of anxiety from post-traumatic stress disorder. She now gets worker’s compensation and sick leave.

Her public safety injury benefits ran out in January – around the time when the State Employees’ Union questioned the safety of guards in the wake of the union bargaining limits.

Wall told lawmakers he takes assaults on officers seriously – and he told his workers that he wants the agency to be more like a family.

Seichter has applied for duty disability, and the Journal Sentinel says the state’s not fighting that. She would get 75 percent of her salary, but no health insurance – which she says she needs after getting a rare form of cancer.

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