Above the Call: Deuel Vocational Institution Sergeant saves co-worker’s life

Sgt. Juan Begines and DVI Warden Jerome Price.

Sgt. Juan Begines, who was named Supervisor of the Month in October, was presented a certificate by DVI Warden Jerome Price. In September, Sgt. Begines saved a co-worker’s life.

Sergeant used CPR training to save life of choking officer

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution

It was a day like any other for staff at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) until a Correctional Officer found herself in a life-threatening situation and in need of help.

Sgt. Juan Begines was going through his normal routine on Sept. 4 when he spotted a fellow employee begin choking.

Remaining calm and relying on his CPR in-service training, he began performing abdominal thrusts on the Correctional Officer.

Due to his actions, the officer began breathing on her own.

“I feel overwhelmed and very grateful for the recognition,” he said. “I am so blessed I was able to help and the employee is going to be OK.”

Warden Jerome Price expressed appreciation for the Sergeant’s quick actions.

“We are all very proud of Sgt. Begines’ alertness, assessment and quick response in providing life-saving techniques to a fellow co-worker,” said Warden Price.

He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a Correctional Officer at High Desert State Prison in 2008.

On April 14, 2014, he promoted to Correctional Sergeant at DVI.


9 Responses

  1. leonard.hertz@cdcr.ca.gov Thursday, May 12, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Good job! You just happen to be in the right place at the right time and the propper training, since this is your second time saving someone from choking to death.

  2. Anthony Tuesday, April 12, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Good Job Juan

  3. Anthony Tuesday, April 12, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Good Job Anthony

  4. Anthony Tuesday, November 10, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Another HDSP staff member responding to the call of duty. Way to go Juan!

  5. Sergeant J. Neibert Thursday, November 5, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Good job, old buddy!

  6. Julene Monday, November 2, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Sgt. Begines,

    You are my HERO! Thank you for saving my life! Now we laugh about it, but it truly was a scary moment. I’m glad you were there with me!


  7. R. Lozano Friday, October 30, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Great job Sgt.

  8. Deborah Johnson Friday, October 30, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Great job, Sergeant. Inspiring words, Warden Price.

  9. Jennifer Ogborn Thursday, October 29, 2015 / 9:27 am

    Great job!

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