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Blair Co. Corrections Officer Laid to Rest


December 2, 2021

On Monday Nov. 29, Blair County Prison Corrections Officer Rhonda J. Russell was remembered by friends, family and coworkers at a service at the Blair County Convention Center.

Russell was shot on Nov. 17 by a law enforcement officer at the Central Court Building located in Altoona at 615 4th St. Russel was overpowered by a prisoner from the Blair County Prison who took her gun. As the two struggled, a police officer who was in the building responded, and subsequently discharged his weapon at the suspect to keep him from harming Russell. Somehow Russell was pushed into the line of fire, an...

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