James C. Harrelson, Dep. Warden honored for releasing inmates to help rescue people from burning wreckage of the LaGuardia Airport plane that crashed on Rikers Feb. 1, 1957.  Both Thomas & Harrelson became DWs same date & received permanent warden appointments same date. Expect for Thomas’ getting provisional warden status 3 years earlier, they tie for 1st honors.
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