Ely State Prison received its latest staff additions March 18 when 13 correctional officers and one case worker graduated from the prison’s eight-week training academy.
Sergeant Matthew Roman, formerly a Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy, led the cadets through 370 hours of training. Associate Warden William Gittere pinned new badges to their chests and they became correctional officers.
The youngest officer to graduate was 21, while the oldest, Diosdado Quinton, earned his badge at age 55.
“I believe it’s in line with my duty as a pastor serving people,” Quinton said. He emigrated from the Philippines in 1992 and enlisted in the Navy. After seven years, the Army National Guard commissioned him as an officer and chaplain.
“Ely is a nice place,” Quinton said. “Good to raise a family.”
Tanner Hunt, a 24 year old White Pine High graduate, finished first academically. His first plan was to become a police officer.
“I still want to head in that direction,” Hunt said.
Speakers at the event included District Court Judge Gary Fairman and Warden Renee Baker.