Panhandle Juvenile Justice Employee Dies Breaking Up Fight

An employee with a private halfway house for a state contract to incarcerate juvenile delinquents has died while trying to break up a fight between two teenage inmates.

Authorities say Bert Radford died Saturday of what may have been a heart attack or seizure, although the exact cause remained undetermined today.

An inspector general's team from the department did a preliminary investigation that determined the death was the result of a medical condition. Staffers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation but were unable to save Radford. Radford was 36.

The Department of Juvenile Justice says the boys involved will
³be disciplined for the fight but will receive no additional punishment for the death.

Radford worked for the North American Family Institute, a residential treatment facility for juvenile delinquent boys from 13 to 18 years old. Counselors were sent to the facility in this Florida Panhandle city to meet with boys who may have seen the fight.