RJ Donovan staff climb 9/11 memorial stairs to honor fire captain’s memory

The image of RJDCF Fire Captain Stutzman, who passed away in 2016, looks out over the CDCR team.

The image of RJDCF Fire Captain Bill Stutzman, who passed away in 2016, looks out over the CDCR team.

By Robert P. Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) this year participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb with a team, led by Fire Chief Hernandez, and raised approximately $7,000.

A dozen staff members climbed the stairs in full gear.

A dozen staff members climbed the stairs in full gear.

There were 28 RJDCF staff participating and 12 of those staff climbed in full gear. The event took place Sept. 10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

This year’s climb held special significance with the passing of RJDCF Fire Captain Bill Stutzman.

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of you, honoring Bill during Saturday’s events,” said Capt. Stutzman’s widow. “It was a privilege to participate in such a meaningful event with the CDCR team.  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.”

The climb is meant to honor and remember the 403 fallen emergency responders who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Each year, approximately 100 firefighters die while serving their communities.

RJDCF team organizers wrote, “A special thank you to the California Crime Victims Coalition, Chick-fil-A, and all the RJDCF staff who contributed their time and money to support this very meaningful event.”

More than two dozen staff from RDJCF took part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the memory of Fire Capt. Stutzman.

More than two dozen staff from RDJCF took part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the memory of Fire Capt. Stutzman.

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5 Responses

  1. Joe McAtee, Fire Chief (R) Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Way to go RJD Fire. You make me proud to be part of CDCR Fire. God Bless…

    J. E. McAtee
    Fire Chief (R)
    California Medical Facility

  2. Mario Hernandez Friday, October 21, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Thank you everyone who participated and helped Team CDCR RJD Fire Department. Because of all your hard work and dedication we earned Honor Team 6 during this years 9/11 San Diego Memorial Stair Climb. I am humbled by your committment and proud of each and everyone of you.

    Mario Hernandez
    Fire Chief

    • Sandra Cruz Friday, October 21, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Kudos to your team Mario, Hernandez!

  3. RJDCF Friday, October 21, 2016 / 9:15 am

    AWESOME JOB RJD!

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