Jefferson Co. Jail Employees Hospitalized After Exposure to Unknown Substance

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Published October 24, 2018 4:21 am
Jefferson Co. Jail Employees Hospitalized After Exposure to Unknown Substance

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Two Jefferson County Jail employees were hospitalized after being exposed to an unknown substance.

One of the employees was taken to Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital.

The other employee was treated at a local hospital.

Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel told exploreClarion.com, “A report has been received from the hospital, since this initial news report. The hospital found no trace of illegal narcotics. The doctors do NOT suspect any drugs at this time.”

“The doctors’ opinion is that the officers were possibly exposed to a cleaning solvent, which in turn triggered an allergic reaction,” continued Warden Elbel.

Both officers have been released from the hospital are expected to return to work for their next scheduled shift.

According to a published article in the Punxsutawney Spirit, it was announced during a jail board meeting on Tuesday, October 23, that two employees were taken to the hospital after being exposed to something on clothing an inmate’s family had dropped off for the work release program.

One of the officers was disoriented, having loss of balance. The other officer just seemed aggravated.

Both officers had rashes.

Deputy Warden Dustin Myers stated that after watching jail video, the two officers were the only ones who came in contact with the clothing items.

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