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‘Bluming’ Where You’re At

June 12, 2019

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

Robert Blum started working at Pine Lodge Corrections Center in 1977. During his fifteen years with the facility, he was recognized for being Pine Lodge’s Correctional Officer of the Year. In 1992, he was one of four people chosen to be part of the startup crew for a new facility that would eventually become Airway Heights Corrections Center. After eight years at the facility, and another Correctional Officer of the Year award, Blum retired in 2000.

Blum’s son, Nathan, was working various jobs but didn’t really have a career path laid out. After talking with his dad, he decide corrections was the career for him. Nathan has now been at Airway Heights for over 10 years, working with many of the same people his dad did. Following in his father’s footsteps, Nathan won the Correctional Officer of the Year Award in 2019.

“Before I started this I was piecemealing stuff together. Trying to figure out what I was going to do. The stability of this job, the family aspect of it the comradery, Airway Heights Corrections Center has a great family,” said Nathan Blum.

Washington Department of Corrections employs approximately 3,500 corrections officers, spanning the entire state. The diverse team of corrections professionals are dedicated to improving public safety by providing opportunities for staff development, family reunification and positive change.

Staff like the Blum’s help the department in its mission to improve public safety because of their professionalism and value in promoting a safe, healthy work environment.