Marines from local recruiting stations took part in the first aid and CPR certification training at Pleasant Valley State Prison.

Marines from local recruiting stations took part in the first aid and CPR certification training at Pleasant Valley State Prison.

Prison coordinates CPR training to offer it to Marine recruiters

By Lt. Reagen Athey, AA/Public Information Officer
Pleasant Valley Sate Prison

Pleasant Valley State Prison staff came to the aid of the local Marine recruitment station to help provide them with required training.

On July 8, Marine recruiters from the Clovis, Selma, Fresno, Visalia and Hanford recruiting sub-stations joined the the prison for first aid and CPR certification training.

By collaborating with the prison’s In-Service Training Office, the local recruiters were able to be included with the prison’s mandatory training and allowed them to meet their training requirement.

Following the training, the Marines toured the Prison and got a glimpse of the correctional setting. Several of the Marine recruiters had questions regarding the operations of the prison. A few also expressed interest in possibly joining the CDCR family, following their enlistments.

The event helped cement PVSP’s newly adopted RED Friday. RED, or “remember everyone deployed,” is a nationwide awareness campaign encouraging people to wear red on Fridays, in honor of those who serve.

Warden Scott Frauenheim signed the memo to allow uniformed custody staff to wear red undershirts instead of white, and encourages non-uniformed staff to wear red on Fridays. It is the staff’s way to show support for the men and women who serve and selflessly fight for our freedom.

The relationship between the prison and the local Marine Corps recruiting stations was formed through Correctional Lt. James Woodend, a PVSP employee.

Lt. Woodend’s two daughters serve as Marines so he often speaks to other parents about his experiences as a parent of service personnel.