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Steering Toward a New Direction

July 3, 2019

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

Classic car shows are a staple of summer. One place you wouldn’t expect to find a car show is inside a prison. That was exactly the case at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton when a classic car and motorcycle show was put on in memory of former chaplain Gregory Garringer.

Garringer spent 15 years at the facility and was honored this past year at the department’s agency awards with the Petrine Marciniak Inspirational Award. His widow, Beverly, is still amazed by her husbands’ impact. “I had no idea that he had such a legacy with this and he would have not believed this,” said Garringer.

Eleven cars including a Porsche, Imperial LeBaron, and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, were parked in front of the education building along with 14 motorcycles. Inmates walked around with paper and pencils to vote on which car they thought was best. The event also featured live music from members of a local band, Finish the Race.

Hosting events like these helps the department in its mission to improve public safety by promoting community interaction, a key value of the department. These events also have a huge impact on the facility and staff like Corrections Officer Aaron Rygg.

The more time out, the more things that we can afford to offer them, the more beneficial it is to the institution,” said Rygg.