Time Capsule 1991: Mule Creek SP officer pulls crash victim from burning car

(Editor’s note: The department published this story in the December 1991 edition of Correction News, volume 5, number 4.  This serves as a reminder CDCR staff have a long history of serving the community.)

If not for the heroic efforts of Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) Correctional Officer Cindy Brockway, a 20-year-old Sacramento woman would not be alive today.

Officer Brockway pulled Michelle Godfrey from her burning vehicle after she apparently had been forced off a rural road near Ione.

Godfrey’s car struck a concrete bridge rail and flipped into a dry creek-bed below. The car landed upright almost 30 feet below the road embankment.

Brockway was on her way to work at MCSP when she came upon the accident scene, just as a second vehicle sped away.

Brockway raced down the embankment, hopped a barbed-wire fence and skirted some large rocks before reaching the flaming car. She dragged Godfrey, who was conscious but seriously injured and bleeding profusely, out of the driver’s side door to a spot under the bridge. The car blew up and showered the two with glass.

Fifteen minutes later, Brockway was joined by two MCSP co-workers, Officer Ray Staley and Sgt. Royal Towns, who stopped to offer aid and remained with Brockway and Godfrey until emergency personnel arrived.

Godfrey was taken by helicopter to UC Davis Trauma Center with massive head injuries and multiple bone fractures.


2 Responses

  1. Donna Monday, October 10, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Wow, how incredible Brockway was to risk her own life for that of another stranger. Cindy is truly a hero. Can you tell me what became of Godfrey?

    • Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor Monday, October 10, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      We tried to locate Michelle Godfrey, but were unsuccessful. She was 20 at the time of the accident, putting her in her mid-40s today. — Don Chaddock, editor

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