Above the Call: Two CDCR lieutenants honored for rescuing teen in crash

Lt. Mike Tuntakit, left, and Lt. John Mendiboure were recognized for off-duty heroic acts.

Lt. Mike Tuntakit, left, and Lt. John Mendiboure were recognized for off-duty heroic acts.

Two from Avenal SP recognized for heroic off-duty actions

Lt. John Mendiboure, left, and Lt. Mike Tuntakit, from Avenal State Prison, were recognized for an act of bravery during Project 2000.

During Project 2000, Lt. John Mendiboure, left, and Lt. Mike Tuntakit, from Avenal State Prison, were recognized for an act of bravery.

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

During this year’s Correctional Peace Officer Foundation’s Project 2000 Annual National Memorial Ceremony in Florida, Correctional Lt. John Mendiboure and Correctional Lt. Mike Tuntakit, both from Avenal State Prison, were recognized and awarded for “Going Beyond the Call of Duty.”

Earlier this year, the pair were on their way home from work when they saved a young girl from a near-fatal crash.

Chief Deputy Warden Rosemary Ndoh said she is proud to work with lieutenants Mendiboure and Tuntakit.

“They are a model of what type of people we have working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, always willing to put their lives before others. Thank you CPOF for recognizing and honoring all our Correctional Employees as they walk the toughest beat,” Ndoh said.

Avenal State Prison Mission Statement

The primary mission of Avenal State Prison is to provide for the control, care and treatment of those inmates committed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by the courts. Avenal State Prison is designated as a low-medium security institution to provide housing for general population inmates.

Read the original story on the rescue, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2015/04/avenal-sp-employees-save-teen-after-car-plummets-down-embankment/

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

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2 Responses

  1. M. Javaux Monday, October 5, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Proud to know you both.
    Great job guys!

  2. Steven.Comer Saturday, August 15, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Great Job guys !

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