“Today we mourn Joe Parise. We grieve with his family, and we offer our deepest respects to our fallen brother for his courage and his service.”

Minnesota Department of Corrections Officer Joseph Parise.

AFSCME Council 5 Association Director Tim Henderson, following the death of 37-year-old Corrections Officer Parise on Monday after he helped break up an inmate’s assault on another officer at Oak Park Heights prison.

In the wake of Parise’s death and the murder of another guard earlier this year, Henderson said there will be a “robust” safety and staffing bill proposed in the upcoming 2019 state legislative session because, “We need brave men and women to step up and take on these responsibilities. We are not going to rest until we make sure that they’re safe and secure for our members, for our workers, and for the public. We’re just not going to rest.”

In July, 42-year-old officer Joseph Gomm was killed after an assault in Stillwater prison.

Officer Derek Magle worked with Parise for four years and said, “Joe was a friend, he was a brother. Joe was the guy that when you came into work and had your struggles the night before, or just had struggles coming into work, Joe put a smile on your face. We were all better to have known Joe.”

The Oak Park Heights prison remains under lockdown as an investigation into Parise’s death continues.