Corrections Officer Joseph Parise died Monday after rushing to help another officer who was being assaulted by an inmate at Oak Park Heights State Prison.
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONSOAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minnesota — A corrections officer at Oak Park Heights state prison died Monday after rushing to help another officer who was being assaulted by an inmate.
Joseph Parise, 37, was one of several officers who responded at noon to break up the assault, the latest such violent incident at Minnesota prisons this year. He then went back to his post, where he suffered a “medical emergency,” according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Parise was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died, according to a statement from department spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald.
The cause of death was still unknown, she said. The prison remained under lockdown late Monday afternoon and an investi…