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ODOC to rename Holdenville prison

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Gov. Kevin Stitt proclaims Oct. 6 Joe Allen Gamble Jr. Day

HOLDENVILLE, OKLA. - Today, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced that the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, Okla., will be renamed to honor a fallen correctional officer. Beginning Oct. 1, the prison will be known as the Allen Gamble Correctional Center.

Sgt. Joe Allen Gamble, Jr., who went by Allen, lost his life at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, Okla., on June 5, 2000, after a coworker, Officer William Callaway, sent a distress call. Callaway was attacked by an inmate and stabbed 13 times. He was able to escape the dayroom before Gamble entered and survived.

Not knowing Callaway was safe, without hesitation or regard for his own life, Sgt. Gamble answered the call. Entering the dayroom, he was ambushed by the inmate and was stabbed twice in his neck. He left the dayroom to seek medical treatment but succumbed to his wounds – giving the ultimate sacrifice to the State of Oklahoma.

“It is an honor to rename this facility in recognition of Sgt. Gamble who gave his life for his coworker, the agency and its mission,” said ODOC Executive Director Steven Harpe. “The memorialization of his sacrifice is highly warranted.”

A former Air Force serviceman from Texas, Gamble began his corrections career in October 1997 and was highly respected by his coworkers. He left behind a wife, Sherri, three sons, a stepson, and many close friends.

A dedication ceremony will be held on Oct. 6 to commemorate the occasion. Gov. Kevin Stitt also signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 6 Joe Allen Gamble Jr. Day in Oklahoma.

Sgt. Allen Gamble

Last Modified on Sep 29, 2023
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