By Lt. Rikki Horn
Central Transportation Hub
Two CDCR Transportation Unit (TU) officers recently helped rescue a baby from a smoking car and provided comfort to the trapped mother until help arrived.
The morning of Feb. 19 began as a typical day for CDCR Transportation Hub Officers Tony Carbajal and Fermin Molar, who spend the majority of their work day on the road.
As they were traveling southbound on Highway 99 to Wasco State Prison, the pair were the first to come across a two-car crash.
Transportation van driver Officer Molar immediately pulled over to the shoulder of the highway to render assistance.
Officer Carbajal jumped out of the passenger side of the state vehicle and ran to a smoking vehicle with severe front-end damage. He feared the car could burst into flames. He found a woman pinned inside. She was screaming, “Save my baby.”
Officer Carbajal pulled open the back door to the car and discovered a child in a car seat which had tumbled forward due to the impact of the accident. The child was bleeding and suffered minor injuries to his head area. He quickly pulled the child from the wreck and carried him to Officer Molar in the CDCR vehicle, who then cared for the child.
Officer Carbajal returned to the crash but couldn’t pull the mother free as her legs were trapped and appeared to be seriously injured. He comforted the mother by holding her hand and talking to her until California Highway Patrol and the local fire department arrived.
“I wouldn’t think twice when it comes to helping the public,” said Officer Carbajal.
TU Capt. Joe Badilla offered praise for the two officers for their actions and selfless behavior in rendering assistance to the woman and her child.
“Both staff acted immediately and put civilian safety ahead of their own, which is a heroic attribute we can all strive for,” said Capt. Badilla.
Both crash victims survived.