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CO's story of survival: 'I fought with all I had'

If she hadn't tucked her chin in a split second reaction to protect her throat, she would have died too

By C1 Staff

Ordway, Colo. — An inmate at the Arkansas Correctional facility attacked two corrections officers with a knife several weeks ago, leaving only one alive.

On September 24, Sgt. Lori Gann went to work like she had done every weekday morning for four years, according to 9news. That morning, an inmate in the kitchen grabbed a knife and attacked Gann and one of her co-workers, Sgt. Mary Ricard.

Ricard did not survive the attack.

Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez was serving 35 years to life for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Colorado Springs. After the attack, Contreras-Perez was transferred to Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City.

It was twice reported that Gann had died, but it still amazes her that she made it out of the facility.

"They took me away in an ambulance. I remember that," she told 9news. "A medical helicopter met us halfway. It landed on the side of the road."

Doctors can’t say for sure how many more surgeries Sgt. Lori Gann will need. But if Gann hadn’t tucked her chin in a split second reaction to protect her throat, she would have died too. Her hands are scarred from fighting back and her face is partially paralyzed from deep cuts to her cheek, neck and ear.

"Oh, I fought with all I had," she said. “I did what I had to for my kids."




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