By Lt. Floyd A. Harl, AA/PIO

Wasco State Prison

A couple of months ago, a member of the Wasco State Prison family received bad news. Correctional Officer Henoc Zamudio, 38, of the WSP-Reception Center went to see his doctor because of an ache in his side.

Results of his test came back and he was told he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The doctor told him he had 3 to 6 months to live.

Wasco State Prison and the Wasco/Bakersfield community have responded with a number of fundraisers to allow Officer Zamudio to spend as much time with his family as possible.

On April 16, a hot dog sale in front of the Administration Building raised more than $4,250 for the Zamudio family, and on April 22, Chili’s Restaurant donated 15 percent of the bill if the diner mentioned the Zamudio family. And Jersey Mike’s Subs in Bakersfield created a coupon that donated 20 percent of the purchase of the Zamudio family.

On May 10, a silent auction and raffle are planned at the Nile Nightclub, 1721 19th Street, Bakersfield, with 100 percent of the money raised going to the family.

Officer Zamudio told KERO TV of Bakersfield that the test results were a huge shock.

“I mean I had no clue. Never in a million years I would have thought something like that would happen to me,” he said.  “It’s hard on the kids, but we’ll pull through.”

If anyone wants to donate time to Henoc Zamudio there is a Catastrophic Time Bank set up for him and he is still on the books.  Personnel extension at WSP-RC is (661) 758-8400 ext. 5228.

The contact person regarding any Catastrophic Time Bank information is Sgt. Anthony Blanco.  He can be reached at (661) 758-8400 ext. 6602, or by email at anthony.blanco@cdcr.ca.gov .

Contributions for the Zamudio family can be sent to:

Anthony Blanco
P.O. Box 1156
Delano, CA 93216