Demonstrating Duty by Lending a Hand

Byline: By Blair Leibach, warden at Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility

Section: Our Voices

Blair Leibach

CCA launched a revised vision, mission and core values statement in 2013. The revision better reflects what we stand for as a company and as individuals: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Duty and Excellence (PRIDE). I want to take a minute to share a story with you.

Tupreme Murphy, formerly a correctional officer here at Metro, is one of the most outgoing and caring individuals I have ever met. She was and continues to be an advocate and staunch supporter of CCA and all it stands for. She could always be counted upon to bring a little humor into our lives every day. Tupreme, unfortunately, suffered a medical setback last year, and it rendered her unable to work and care for herself as she once was able to do.

Around that time, a group of Metro employees and their family members demonstrated the true meaning of PRIDE; Chaplain Henry Davidson, his son, Principal Steve Mangrum and Vocational Instructor Robert Hill set out on a hot summer morning to build Tupreme a much needed wheelchair ramp at her home. They purchased materials out of their own pockets and worked in the hot summer sun all day to give Tupreme something so many of us take for granted: easy access to her home.

I wanted to take the time to personally thank each of those employees for their caring and giving nature. They are what makes us strong and united. I cannot think of a better illustration of duty – one of the CCA Way values.

I am proud that you are members of the Metro team!

Metro employees assemble a wheelchair ramp for Tupreme Murphy.

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