Friday March 22 at about 4:53 a.m., Ionia County Correctional Officers were told by an inmate that he was not feeling well. Stewart Nelson Hill, 48, of Portland spoke with correctional staff and was placed in a holding cell for observation, and medical staff was contacted, according to a sheriff’s news release.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. Hill had just received his breakfast tray when he collapsed to the floor.
Ionia County Correctional Officers immediately called for EMS to respond to the Ionia County Jail and also began CPR and first aid procedures including the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), until LIFE EMS paramedics arrived and took over primary patient care for Hill. He was transported by LIFE EMS ambulance to the Sparrow Ionia Hospital.
Life saving measures were continued on the way to the hospital, however they were not successful and Hill was pronounced deceased.
The death is currently under investigation by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau in conjunction with the Sparrow Lansing Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.
Hill has been lodged in the Ionia County Jail since March 19 on Friend of the Court warrants.
The Ionia Department of Public Safety, Ionia County Central Dispatch, LIFE EMS, Lehman Funeral Homes and the sheriff’s Victim Advocates assisted the sheriff’s office.
Photo: Stuart Nelson Hill