'The worst thing I've ever been through': Western Massachusetts correctional recruits learn to endure pepper spray

OC is designed to incapacitate but when you're a correctional officer, you are expected to fight through it. Watch video

Editor's note: A reporter and photographer from The Republican were invited recently to witness sessions of the 41st Western Massachusetts County Correctional Officer's Training Academy. This report is part of a series looking at the cadets' progress through the academy, culminating in their graduation Friday.

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