Quick thinking stops potential jail attack

Published 3:19 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jailers Mike Feuerhak, Laura Chaffee, and Guadalupe Reyes accept the Employee of the Month award from Commissioner Mike Ankeny. -- Jason Schoonover/jason.schoonover@austindailyherald.com

Quick thinking not only prevented a a dangerous situation in jail, it won three jailers employee of the month.

Sgt. Michael Feuerhak, Laura Chaffee and Guadalupe Reyes were honored for responding to a detainee who attempted to attack Chaffee.

During booking, the detainee leapt over the booking counter and attempted to jump Chaffee, who slid back in her chair to avoid the person. Reyes and Feuerhak quickly stepped in to subdue the man. Sheriff Terese Amazi praised the officers for their quick thinking.

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β€œIt could have been a lot worse situation,” Amazi said. “We could have had some injuries, and that was not the case.”