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Governor honors Flinton resident

Corrections officer awarded for efforts in combating virus

HARRISBURG– A Huntingdon corrections officer was recognized by Gov. Tom Wolf for his efforts in combating COVID-19.

Craig Northrop, a Flinton resident who currently works at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon, was one of three corrections officers in the state that received a Governor’s Award for Excellence.

Northrop began working for the Department of Corrections at SCI Houtzdale in 2005 as a general industry factory foreman and was promoted as general factory supervisor in 2010.

In 2019, he was promoted again to a correctional industries manager 2 at SCI Huntingdon.

Northrop was recognized for his efforts to help make the state safe by manufacturing personal protective equipment.

Northrop collaborated with Montgomery County Correctional Manager Gerald Arasin and Mifflin County Correctional Manager William J. York to aid in the state’s efforts to produce 780,000 white masks, 41,950 black masks for DOC staff, 28,000 white gowns, 3,285,100 bars of antibacterial soap, 1,798 cases of PDC-45 disinfectant and 3,882 cases of EnvirX hard surface disinfectant.

“The commonwealth is very fortunate to have employees of this caliber working hard in this fight against COVID-19,” Wolf said. “Their attention to detail and taking serious responsibility of the task presented to them makes it easy to honor them and the work they have done.”

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence recognize commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency.

A virtual awards ceremony will be held Wednesday.

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