Officer Albert Patch monument to be dedicated Aug. 17

Correctional Officer Albert Patch was stabbed to death by an inmate in 1980.

Correctional Officer Albert Patch was stabbed to death by an inmate in 1980.

By Lt. Andre Gonzales, AA/Public Information Officer
California Medical Facility

More than three decades ago, a correctional officer was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight between three inmates at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Now, the institution is dedicating a memorial in honor of the late Officer Albert “Al” Patch.

Only 44 years old at the time, Officer Patch was fatally stabbed in the heart on Aug. 17, 1980. He was a 16-year veteran of the department. He was also a volunteer firefighter and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

His funeral was attended by more than 500 people and today a park in Vacaville bears his name.

A memorial plaque has hung in the lobby of CMF since 1984, but on Aug. 17, a new monument will be dedicated to honor his sacrifice.

The memorial and dedication ceremony is scheduled for noon, Aug. 17, at the facility at 1600 California Drive, Vacaville.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltiation Secretary Jeff Beard is scheduled to speak. CDCR Undersecretary of Operations Scott Kernan will also attend the event, along with Warden Robert Fox, family and friends of Officer Patch and CMF staff.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

CMF employees recently held a barbecue fundraiser in honor of Albert Patch. The funds will be used to go toward scholarships.

CMF employees recently held a barbecue fundraiser in honor of Albert Patch. The funds will be used to go toward scholarships.