Off-duty CMC Correctional Officer helps save a life

By Lt. Monica Ayon, AA/PIO

California Men’s Colony

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Officer Perez

California Men’s Colony (CMC) Correctional Officer Jose Perez was enjoying his day off June 4 downtown in Atascadero when he came across 85-year-old Marvin Horwitz, who was going into cardiac arrest.

Officer Perez quickly retrieved his CPR Micro Shield barrier from his vehicle and began CPR on Mr. Horwitz.  Officer Perez was joined by an off-duty San Luis Obispo County Correctional Sergeant and together they performed two-person CPR until they relieved by responding police officers.

In a letter to CMC Facility Captain Robert Furster, Sergeant Jeff Wilshusen of the Atascadero Police Department stated: “As a result of Officer Perez performing early and correct CPR on Mr. Horwitz he survived.”

Prior to Mr. Horwitz being transported by ambulance to the hospital, he was awake and talking.

An Atascadero Fire Department paramedic who responded to the incident said Mr. Horwitz survived because of the quick delivery of CPR by Officer Perez and others and the use of a defibrillator by paramedics.

Officer Perez began his career with the CDCR on September 3, 2013.  He graduated from the academy on December 20, 2013, and reported to CMC three days later. We are proud to have Officer Perez as part of the CMC family.


9 Responses

  1. valli horwitz Monday, April 10, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Thank you. I just saw this article, and this is my father. My family has always wondered who these angels were. My father had a heart arrhythmia and would have died if not for these selfless people. Valli Horwitz.

  2. Patrick Gorey Sunday, June 22, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Well done. Thank you from all of us.

  3. James Line Sunday, June 22, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    I am a retired California Correctional Peace officer and a former Marine. I must say that it is a honor to read this article of a act of unselfish bravery. Officer Perez is a fine example of the men and women in uniform that I had the pleasure of serving with in my 26 years of service while proudly working at the California Men’s Colony (CMC). This act of bravery warrants the Medal of Valor. It is so awesome to see that the Department of Corrections is still hiring a high caliber of officer, who proudly represents The Toughest In The State. A job well done Officer Perez.

  4. A. Meza Saturday, June 21, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    Outstanding job … Very proud of you! CTC IV-13.

  5. Darren Nagtalon Saturday, June 21, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Awesome job, Officer Perez.

  6. Sgt D. Lopez Saturday, June 21, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    Awesome response from a totally professional Officer!

  7. K. Witt Friday, June 20, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    Well done, Officer Perez! Academy IV-13!

  8. Erik Chilcott Friday, June 20, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    Nice job. l will use this story in CPR class as a testament to what the AHA promotes most importantly…Early Recognition of Cardiac Arrest, Early Initiation of Compressions while minimizing interruptions and early defibrillation!

    • Helder Areias Tuesday, June 24, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      Great job. Way to make all of us in uniform proud.

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