Memorial for state prison Sgt Mary Ricard draws officers from across nation

Officer killed in inmate attack in prison kitchen

ORDWAY, Colo. - A public memorial for a Colorado prison officer killed in an assault involving an inmate has drawn officers from as far as New York.

The memorial for Sgt. Mary K. Ricard was held Monday in Ordway near the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. She was killed in an assault at the facility Sept 24 while breakfast was being prepared.

Sgt. Lori Gann was seriously injured in the incident.

Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez, who was serving 35 years to life for kidnapping and sexual assault, has been named a person of interest in the attack.

KRDO reports that Ricard's colleagues, family and others packed a high school gymnasium to remember her.  Gov. John Hickenlooper also attended.