The Guyana Prison Service (GPS) is mourning the loss of former Prison Officer Roxanne Winfield.
The 58-year-old, Winfield died on Thursday (October 28, 2021), at the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Liliendaal from severe lung and Kidney complications.
Ms Winfield had 29 years of service before she was shot in her right eye when five notorious high-profile criminals made a bloody escape from Camp Street Jail on February 23, 2002.
At the time of the incident, Winfield was performing gate duty at the Camp Street Prison.
Thereafter, Winfield was declared medically unfit to function as a prison officer and was being cared for at home.
Winfield has been praised for her ‘heroic’ actions by Director of Prison (ag) Nicklon Elliot, who said it was clearly heroic what she did on that day.
“She did her job and she did exactly what we would expect from a prison officer. Winfield who was on gate duty at the time, attempted to lock the gates as the escapees approached her, but unfortunately she was shot”, Elliot said.
Mr. Elliot expressed sincere and deepest condolences on behalf of the Guyana Prison Service, to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Winfield.
He also sent prayers that all those grieving Winfield’s death will be granted comfort during this difficult and trying period