CDCR captain, inmate firefighters try to save crash victim

By Bill Sessa

OPEC Staff

After a logging truck and a pick-up collided on a road near the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown, an inmate firefighting crew and their supervising CDCR Captain were the first on the scene. They valiantly but ultimately unsuccessfully attempted to save the life of one of the victims.

The officer and inmates extricated a teenage girl from the mangled pick-up and provided first aid while medics and an ambulance raced to the scene.

The inmate fire fighter rode with the victim in the ambulance while continuing CPR and other efforts to revive the victim who did not survive.



5 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Henshaw Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Good and inspiring story about the rescue.

  2. J.D. Sunday, February 16, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    It’s good to know that inmates and CDCR can have a positive role in our communities. Too often the majority of the inmate population in riddled with negativity and the typical criminal mind set and attitude, but it’s good to see there are examples in which some provide a positive outlet and in hopes it changes who they fundamentally into becoming responsible citizens of our state and country.

  3. JOY Friday, February 14, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Awesome work! This just goes to show there can be good in anyone’s heart and given the chance, they can make a positive change.

  4. Elina Appleton Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    I am a nurse for San Quentin. Three years ago I was the first responder to a three-person, one-fatality crash in Trinity. I was the only person there with medical training and the scene was very gruesome. We were so far from a town/city that an ambulance was going to take 15 minutes to arrive. I was trying to stabilize a broken leg when I looked up and saw CDCR on a pant leg five minutes after the crash. It was a Fire Camp inmate from the Trinity area who was first to respond. They were professional, swift, careful and diligent on helping me out. One inmate was taking care of a hysterical mother of a teenager who was dead. The inmate was keeping her stable while another inmate crew was getting the patients on gurneys. I have never been so relieved to see CDCR insignia in my life and will always remember the crew, the captain and the staff that helped me out that day in the middle of nowhere. This article doesn’t surprise me as the training that Fire Camps receive is pretty impressive.

  5. Kristin Woods Friday, February 7, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    So inspiring. It just proves that we are all human beings. When one human tries to save another human, that is more apparent. Whether in Orange, Navy Blue, or black and white stripes, the simplicity of our humanity is always at the core.

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