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Memorial held for slain correctional officer

10:52 PM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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The memorial was held in Ordway, near the prison. Hundreds of law enforcement and corrections officers from across the country came to honor Sgt. Ricard; some from as far away as New York City.

Director of Prisons Tony Carochi recalled working with Sgt. Ricard while he was warden at another prison.

"Mary left a career as a pastry chef because it was not enough for her," he said. "She had a dream. She wanted to impact people's lives. It was clear to all who worked with her that she was dedicated and driven to make a difference."

Sgt. Lori Gann was seriously injured in the incident.

Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez, who was serving 35 years to life for kidnapping and sexual assault, has been named a person of interest in Ricard's death.

Ricard leaves behind a husband, four children and nine grandchildren.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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