Above the Call: Correctional Officers save inmate’s life

Correctional Officers John Bradley, left, and Roderick Garcia, recently helped save an inmate's life.

Correctional Officers John Bradley, left, and Roderick Garcia recently helped save an inmate’s life.

By Lt. Kelli Madsen, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison

Two Correctional Officers at Ironwood State Prison quickly sprang to action when they noticed an inmate was choking.

During evening meal on Sept. 18, Officer Roderick Garcia saw an inmate who appeared to be choking and unable to breathe. Officer John Bradley called in a medical emergency over the institutional radio and the two quickly responded to the situation.

Officer Garcia tried communicating with the inmate and realized he couldn’t breathe. He placed his arms around the inmate’s waist and performed abdominal thrusts to clear the airway.

He continued the thrusts until the blockage was dislodged and the inmate could breathe again.

“These distinctive actions by Officers Bradley and Garcia reflect credit upon themselves and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” wrote Lt. Ellenore Wimbush when describing the incident.

“We are extremely proud of these officers and their actions. They are a perfect example of the great employees we have here at Ironwood State Prison,” said Warden Neil McDowell.

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9 Responses

  1. Jones Friday, January 13, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Great job guys!!

  2. Jones Friday, January 13, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Great Job guys!!

  3. Christine Nolan Friday, October 23, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Great job! Training at its finest.

  4. A. Linares Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    This is the new CDCR helping save lives. Good job Officers Bradley and Garcia. Glad you got my back!

  5. Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Tuesday, October 20, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    Excellent job, Officers Garcia and Bradley! It is always great to hear an amazing story coming out of my home institution, ISP. Keep up the great work, Ironwood State Prison. Great article Lt. Madsen.

    Lt. M. D. Williams
    Central California Women’s Facility

  6. J.D. BARTNIK JR. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Great job!

  7. Lt. Wimbush Monday, October 19, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    The action of these two fine Correctional Officers doesn’t surprise me. I am extremely proud to have them working on Facility C yard!

  8. william coulson Monday, October 19, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Excellent example of the training and gravitas these two officers possess !

  9. Elizabeth Chavez Monday, October 19, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Kudos to CO Bradley and CO Garcia. Your example of caring for another person in need is to be commended. Not only did you save the inmate’s life, many eyes were upon you watching you going above the call of wearing green. I can only imagine the line it may have transended. It is great to have you both representing CDCR.

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