Correctional Officer David Church, acting Capt. Rob Gamberg and Supervising Registered Nurse II Craig Phillips helped save two victims in a two-car accident.

Correctional Officer David Church, acting Capt. Rob Gamberg and Supervising Registered Nurse II Craig Phillips helped save two victims in a two-car accident.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Photos by Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer, High Desert State Prison

(Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series highlighting CDCR employees who go above and beyond the call of duty.)

When acting Capt. Rob Gamberg came upon the scene of a two-car accident on Fredonya Summit on July 1, he saw a fellow High Desert State Prison employee was already hard at work helping the victims.

Correctional Officer David Church had pulled both victims from their vehicles and was rendering assistance.

While Officer Church worked on one victim, Capt. Gamberg attempted to calm the other.

“One of the victims was injured and moving around,” Capt. Gamberg said. “I got the victim to lie down and wait for medical aid.”

About this time, another HDSP employee rolled onto the scene.

“HDSP Supervising Registered Nurse Craig Phillips arrived, jumped in and provided medical treatment to both victims as Officer Church and I directed traffic until relieved by CHP and Cal Fire,” he said.

Capt. Gamberg credits Officer Church with saving lives.

“Had it not been for the quick action of Officer Church to remove the victims to the side of the highway, they would have surely been struck by on-coming vehicles as both vehicles were still in the road, blocking both lanes of the highway,” he said.

Acting Warden Suzanne Peery said the institution and its employees are part of the community.

“Being a small community, we all pull together and are always willing to help those in need,” she said. “Capt. Gamberg, SRN II Phillips, and Officer Church did an outstanding job. We are very proud of our staff here at High Desert State Prison.”

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