Officer Stacey Emerson, new to High Desert State Prison, rendered aid to a motorcycle crash victim, who later turned out to be fellow Officer Stephen Hobbs.

Officer Stacey Emerson, new to High Desert State Prison, rendered aid to a motorcycle crash victim, who later turned out to be fellow Officer Stephen Hobbs.

High Desert SP officer performed CPR in middle of highway

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.)

A recent morning commute to work became anything but routine for Correctional Officer Stacey Emerson.

While on her way to report for duty July 11 at High Desert State Prison (HDSP), Officer Emerson pulled up to the scene of a motorcycle accident on Highway 395 near Cold Springs, Nevada.

The victim was lying in the fast lane of the highway, so she stopped her car and rushed to his aid.

Officer Emerson, being new to the job, didn’t know the man she was trying to help was fellow Correctional Officer Stephen Hobbs.

Officer Emerson started at High Desert SP on April 6, 2015, immediately after graduating the academy.

Her instincts and training kicked in at the accident scene. She didn’t personally know Officer Hobbs, but she knew there was a person in need of immediate assistance. He was unresponsive and not breathing.

She immediately started CPR, while still in the fast lane of the highway, and was able to revive him so he could be transported to the hospital. Officer Hobbs later succumbed to his injuries.

The wife of Officer Hobbs said she was grateful to Officer Emerson.

“She gave me a chance to say goodbye to my husband,” she said.

Acting Warden Suzanne Peery said Officer Emerson is another example of a CDCR employee who goes above and beyond.

“Officer Emerson’s actions are a true display of courage and an inspiration to us all,” Warden Peery said. “I am very proud of all our staff and their dedication to selfless service within our community.”

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