Calipatria inmate thanks officer, medical staff for saving his life

From left, Correctional Officer D. Rush, C. Sigmond and G. Williams recently saved an inmate's life.

From left, Correctional Officer D. Rush, Registered Nurse C. Sigmond and Licensed Vocational Nurse G. Williams recently saved an inmate’s life.

By Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison

A Calipatria State Prison (CAL) inmate is grateful after a correctional officer and CDCR medical staff rushed in to save his life.

On Oct. 12, Correctional Officer D. Rush, Registered Nurse C. Sigmond and Licensed Vocational Nurse G. Williams responded to a call of “man down” on Facility A’s exercise yard.

Officer Rush found inmate Andre Brumfield on the ground and unresponsive.

Having been trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the officer quickly used his training to aid the medical staff members. He initiated CPR protocols which he continued as the inmate was transported to Central Health. Inmate Brumfield was stabilized by the on-duty medical staff at the prison and then received additional treatment at an outside hospital.

Michele Whitman, Health Care Access Unit Captain, said: “Officer Rush, LVN Williams and RN Sigmond served as key participants in saving Andre Brumfield’s life. Rush, Williams and Sigmond were each an integral part of the emergency medical response.  Their actions were no less than life saving.”

Rush, Williams and Sigmond’s diligence and dedication to duty reflects great credit upon themselves, the prison, the Health Care Access Unit and CDCR.

CAL Warden Warren L. Montgomery received a letter from Brumfield praising the efforts of the officer.

“I am 26 years old, I have a 3-year-old daughter, a very loving mother, and (recently) my heart stopped beating and I flat-lined. But, the most miraculous thing happened, an angel in the suit of a Correctional Officer with the name-tag Rush performed CPR, on someone he had never met, without hesitation. Officer Rush is my hero and my family is very grateful to him,” Brumfield wrote.


11 Responses

  1. Annie Fagan Friday, December 2, 2016 / 5:36 am

    It is good to read about good and postive news, job well done.

  2. Irene Rush Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    I am a former CC1, I commend officer Rush, RN Sigmon and LVN G. Williams for an outstanding and excellent job. Officer Rush is my son and the entire Rush family is very proud.

  3. Kim Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Nice job all! The public needs to hear more of these stories. C/Os are not knuckle-dragging neanderthals as is the perception. Additionally, medical staff does care, and does their job, despite the patient being an inmate. It does not matter. Professionalism, and heart at its finest!

  4. S. Clark Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Great job from RN Clark at Avenal State Prison. You are all a blessing.

  5. R.Robles,LVN CIM MSF Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Great job guys! Custody and Medical working together to make that difference.

  6. C/O Jackson Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Officer Rush and the medical staff at Calipatria: You did exactly what you’re trained to do without hesitation. Keep up the high standards at CAL.

  7. Bell Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Thank you for this positive story. Good job, guys.

  8. R. Sutton Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I would like to commend Officer Rush, RN C. Sigmond, and LVN G. Williams. I am currently Clinic Sergeant and have the pleasure to work and interact with these individuals on a routine basis. The medical staff here at Cal are very competent in their duties. Officer Rush is very competent in his duties as well. Great job everyone involved!

  9. blanca Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Great job to all involved and thank you to Mr. Brumfield for actually taking time to give thanks to those who helped save him. it is not very often we get any kind of thank you but it is always nice to hear someone actually appreciates what you have done.

  10. PR Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 10:36 am

    You’re a hero in my book also. You spared the I/M’s family and young daughter enormous pain with your skilled efforts.

  11. Barbara Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 9:58 am

    CDCR is blessed to have employees who go above and beyond to save a life!

    Just another great example of great people we get to work with.

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