CDCR recognizes more than 100 employees for heroism, outstanding service

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) honored 116 employees last week during the department’s annual Medal of Valor Ceremony.

Employees were recognized for extraordinary bravery and conduct above and beyond the call of duty, often in life-saving incidents where public safety was at risk.

“CDCR employees statewide are committed to protecting public safety,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “Today we are honoring the bravery and performance that goes well above the call of duty. These dedicated employees gave of themselves, and some even placed their own lives in jeopardy to save another.”

Awards were presented by Secretary Beard and senior department executives at the 29th annual ceremony, which was sponsored by the California Correctional Supervisors Organization.

In many instances, the recipients saved the life of other employees, inmates or private citizens as they responded to emergencies. Among the actions recognized by the awards were quick responses that saved the lives of traffic-accident victims and actions by a parole agent that saved the life of a wounded fellow agent. Also honored was the distinguished service of men and women to CDCR over a period of time.

The awards presented ranged from the Distinguished Service Award to the Gold Star.  For the second year, Employee of the Year awards were presented by various divisions within CDCR.

A complete list of 2013 award winners follows:

GOLD STAR MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Gold) medal is the department’s second-highest award for heroic deeds under extraordinary circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of immediate peril in acting to save the life of another person.

• Correctional Officer Jason Parkhurst, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Charles Contreras, California Correctional Institution

• Parole Agent I Henrik Agasyan, California Parole Apprehension Team, Los Angeles

SILVER STAR MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Silver) medal is the department’s third-highest award for acts of bravery under extraordinary or unusual circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of potential peril while saving or attempting to save the life of another person or distinguish themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.

• Correctional Officer Angela Hazewood, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Jeff Gold, Mule Creek State Prison

• Correctional Officer Joann Burnias, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility/
State Prison, Corcoran

• Correctional Counselor Martin Hernandez, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility/ State Prison, Corcoran

• Special Agent Steve Epperson, Office of Correctional Safety, Special Service Unit, San Diego

• Correctional Lieutenant Christopher Paris, Office of Correctional Safety, Headquarters

• Correctional Lieutenant Cris Caldwell, Office of Correctional Safety, Headquarters

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Bronze) is the department’s award for saving a life without placing oneself in peril. The employee shall have used proper training and tactics in a professional manner to save, or clearly contribute to saving, the life of another person.

• Correctional Lieutenant Harold Hughes, Sierra Conservation Center

• Parole Agent I Michael Williams, Oakland Parole Unit #2

• Correctional Sergeant Anthony Morales, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Thomas Quezada, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Jason Murillo, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Sergeant Charles Finnegan, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Sergeant Larry Holloway, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Haydel Mitchell, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Sergeant Larry Dotterman, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Mario Alonzo, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Cresencio Alpuche, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Fire Captain Mark Del Barba, Deuel Vocational Institution

• Parole Agent I Bartolo Siino, Parole Region I, Hanford Unit

• Correctional Officer Sandra Copeland, California Correctional Institution

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

The Distinguished Service Medal is for an employee’s exemplary work conduct with the department for a period of months or years, or involvement in a specific assignment of unusual benefit to the Department.

• Dr. Timothy McCarthy, Chief of Mental Health, Pelican Bay State Prison (Posthumously)

• Dr. Elaina Jannell, Psychologist, California State Prison, Solano

• Dr. Steven Sherman, Clinical Psychologist, N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility

• Parole Agent I Roger Gold, Redwood City Parole Unit

• Parole Agent III Gregory Weber, Redwood City Parole Unit

• Correctional Lieutenant Tom Langford, Folsom State Prison

• Parole Agent I Beth Bowens, O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility

• Special Agent Karen Mory, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent Brian Docherty, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent John Castanedo, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent Jeff Faust, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent Steve Gutierrez, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent Jason Marks, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Special Agent Guillermo Moreno, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Office Technician Gener Santiago, Rancho Cucamonga Special Service Unit

• Parole Agent II Gordon Lee, Redwood City Parole Unit

UNIT CITATION

The Unit Citation is for great courage displayed by a departmental unit in the course of conducting an operation in the face of immediate life-threatening circumstances.

• Correctional Officer Gabriel Aguilar, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Joseph Bailey, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Angela Hazewood, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Marsell Johnson, California State Prison, Sacramento

• Correctional Officer Michael Platt, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Edward Shew, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Daniel Torres, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Michael Rivera, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Michael Smith, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Saul Lopez, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Monica Milke, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Eddie Nunez, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Hugh McFarlane, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer David Morales, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Scott Patterson, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Juan Garcia, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Tyler Healy, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Todd Levesque, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Adam Garvey, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Rick Jones, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer David Linch, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Paul Birdsong, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Larry Dotterman, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Michael Foster, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Reginald Burks, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Dennis Duffield, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Mark Aguilar, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Mario Alonzo, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Officer Rodolfo Alaniz, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Felipe Alvarez, Ironwood State Prison

• Correctional Lieutenant Michael Calhoun, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Gary Turner III, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Stacie Henley, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Harold Weaver, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Bobby Wheeler, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Charles Hougland, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Kenneth Harper, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Sergeant Richard Kemp, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Counselor I Dave Tamplen, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Oscar Smith, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Ricardo Cisneros, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer James Whittaker, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Garrett Giessner, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Jeff Ammon, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Troy Parker, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Terry Barron, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Jim Herring, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Bryan Jeanes, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Johnny Lee, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Gary Lowry, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Christopher Nason, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Cheryl Nichols, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Michael Oatman, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Darrel Ulbricht, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Brian Von Rader, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Joseph White, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Jason Harrell, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Cal Huskey, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Merle Murchison, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Robert Rivera, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Dennis Ruble, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Greg Watkins, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Scott Proffer, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer James Kline, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Bobby Lee, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Steven Wood, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Diana Oliva, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Shayna Robertson, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Fallon Shelton, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Devon Rainwater, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Anthony Pickens, High Desert State Prison

• Correctional Officer Evan Zahniser, High Desert State Prison

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

• Sirisha Gullapalli, Senior Information Systems Analyst, Enterprise Information Services

MEDICAL/DENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

• Dr. Gregory Tarasoff, Chief Psychiatrist, San Quentin State Prison

REHABILITATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

• Carlos Ramirez, Correctional Counselor III, California Institution for Men

DIVISION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

• Quincy Elloie, Treatment Team Supervisor, O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility

CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR

• Sergeant Elijah Caron, California State Prison, Sacramento

CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

• Correctional Officer Eli Davis, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

• Warden Ronald Rackley, California Health Care Facility, Stockton

 

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