PRESTONSBURG – Downtown Prestonsburg was alarmed on Tuesday evening as residents saw flashing lights and heard sirens of first responders. The location of the emergency was the Floyd County Detention Center. The Prestonsburg Fire Department, Trans Star Ambulance and Prestonsburg City Police along with Floyd County Sheriff Deputies responded to a 911 emergency call for an inmate that was having severe pain in his abdomen and side.
“I know the community becomes alarmed when they see the first responders coming to the detention center,” said Stuart “Bear” Halbert, Jailer. “The fact is when anyone places a 911 emergency call, all emergency staff serving that area are notified. When we place an emergency call, we have first responders here within minutes. I wouldn’t change a thing about the process. We have over 160 inmates in our facility. Many of these inmates have neglected their health for months and even years. They obviously are going to have health issues. As Floyd County Jailer, it is a priority and duty of myself and my staff to ensure the individuals in our care receive the care they need.”
The Floyd County Detention Center is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates range from low-level offenders to those being held for violent crimes, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in the facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire.
When an individual is incarcerated, regardless of the type of insurance they have, it is null and void. If that individual becomes ill while under the supervision of the detention center, it is the facility’s responsibility to ensure that individual receives the care they need. The detention center is also responsible for whatever cost is incurred as a result of treatment. The staff at the Floyd County Detention Center make the health and well-being of individuals under their supervision a top priority.
The inmate that felt ill was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center where he received treatment and was released into the custody of Floyd County Detention Center.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.