MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A captain with the Alabama Department of Corrections was presented the Soldier's Medal in a State Capitol ceremony Wednesday with by Gov. Kay Ivey presenting the honor.
The award, the highest non-combat award for heroism for a member of the U.S. Army or Reserve Component, was given to Captain Kevin Bishop for his role in rescuing a prison warden from a violent inmate attack.
"Captain Bishop is a fine example of the men and women who serve in the Department of Corrections," Ivey said. "Captain Bishop is a hero for both our country and our state, and I am honored to have played a role in honoring him for his efforts."
During the ceremony, Bishop was credited for saving the life of the warden of the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore in 2016.
According to the ADOC, Bishop, a warden, and a corrections captain were responding to reports of a fight and stabbing in one of the prison's dorms when they were attacked by a lone inmate. The inmate reportedly stabbed the warden multiple times in the back and the head.
Bishop immediately jumped into action, shielding the warden from the inmate's continued attacks while also keeping pressure on the warden's wounds. Bishop was reportedly able to ward off the inmate's attacks and was able to get the warden and other correctional officers to safety.
Afterward, Bishop also made sure that the necessary emergency personnel responded to the incident before violence could spread to other parts of the prison.
"With extraordinary courage and selflessness, Captain Bishop safeguarded his warden and fellow officers while taking appropriate action to resolve a very dangerous situation," said Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn. "Captain Bishop is an exceptional leader and we are grateful for his service to the Department of Corrections."
Bishop is also a member of the Alabama Army National Guard and said that his military training and experience in corrections helped to prepare him for an incident like this. He said he never set out to win awards or accolades, but rather has always tried to serve his state and country by following Army values.
"Receiving the Soldier's Medal is an overwhelming honor," he admitted, "and I accept the award on behalf of all the men and women who place themselves in harm's way each and every day without reward or recognition."
Since the incident, Bishop has been assigned to serve as a senior corrections supervisor at the G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore.