CSP-Solano Officer Karla Joseph came across the scene of an accident while on her drive to work.

CSP-Solano Officer Karla Joseph came across the scene of an accident while on her drive to work.

Driver and his dog helped by CSP-Solano Officer

By Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

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

A recent Saturday commute to work found a Correctional Officer rendering aid to the victim of a vehicle accident.

Correctional Officer Karla Joseph rendered aid to a man and his dog following a car accident.

Correctional Officer Karla Joseph rendered aid to a man and his dog following a car accident.

On  July 18, Officer Karla Joseph was on her way to work at California State Prison, Solano, when she spotted a car on its roof off to the side of the road. A man and his dog were crawling out of the wreckage.

She immediately pulled over to the shoulder of Highway 12 and called 911, then tended to the victim.

The driver of the vehicle was in shock and was trying to crawl into the car to gather some personal items, she said.

Officer Joseph assisted him away from the vehicle which had started leaking gas and oil.

She had him sit far from away from his car and stayed with him to make sure he didn’t go into severe shock, waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

Fire Chief Joe Rosewell and the volunteer local fire department, as well as the paramedics, showed up to evaluate the driver and his dog.

“I was happy to help the man and his dog and I wouldn’t hesitate to help others in need,” said Officer Joseph.

CSP-Solano Warden Eric Arnold said the officer sets an example for others.

“I am proud of heroic staff members like Officer Joseph for risking their own safety to help others,” Warden Arnold said.

Read more Above the Call stories, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/category/above-the-call/