Family, friends, co-workers remember fallen corrections officer Jayme Biendl

Human InterestRobert Zimmerman

Sunday marked one year since corrections officer Jayme Biendl’s death. She was attacked and killed inside a chapel at the Monroe Correctional Complex by 52-year-old inmate Byron Scherf.

Her death sent shockwaves through the department of corrections. Her murder was the first of its kind in decades.

Last February, a public memorial to Biendl drew a massive crowd. A year later, her friends, co-workers, and others gathered for an organized 5K run in her honor. And Sunday evening, they gathered for a candle light vigil.

“What a great way to start this day,” said Sgt. Michael Boe of the Monroe Correctional Complex about the 5K. “Come together, friends, family co-workers, community. To honor Jayme and to take care of each other.”

The mayor of Monroe declared January 29 to be “Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl Day.

“I call upon all residents of Monroe to join me in recognizing with honor and respect her contrabution to our community and commitment to her duty and to reflect on her ultimate sacrifice,” said mayor Robert Zimmerman.

At the candle light vigil, mourners held a moment of silence. Officers who worked with her said they hoped that Biendl’s memory was never forgotten and that no similar event would ever happen again.

Since Biendl was murdered, the Monroe Correctional Complex has undergone changes. Officers’ radios were upgraded and equipped with two panic buttons, and ranking officers began carrying high-powered pepper spray.

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