Above the Call: Correctional Officer helps save stabbed off-duty police officer

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC

A family outing at a popular bowling center quickly took a dark turn when a correctional officer found himself performing first-aid on a stabbing victim.

At around 11 p.m., as he was leaving the center, off-duty Correctional Officer Gilberto Jora heard screams coming from inside the bowling alley. He rushed back and found a man sitting on the floor, leaning against the ball-return machine. The victim was holding his abdomen as blood oozed from under his hands.

“A bystander in the crowd said the victim had been stabbed,” said Jora.

Officer Gilberto Jora

Officer Jora found a stab wound to the mid-section of his abdomen and a slice to his right bicep.

“I yelled for someone to call 911 and began life-saving measures,” he said. “I removed my shirt and applied it to the open wound on his abdomen to (help) stop the bleeding. With the assistance of another bystander, we placed a belt around the upper part of his right arm to contain the bleeding from his arm.”

Officer Jora tried to keep the victim awake, speaking to him to keep him calm.

“I let him know I was a peace officer  and I was here to help,” he said. “I kept the victim calm and assured him help was on the way. … He began to lose consciousness. I stayed at his side until help arrived.”

About five minutes later, the local police department arrived and took control of the scene. An ambulance arrived right behind them.

“Further information revealed that the victim was an off-duty police officer,” he said.

Officer Jora works at California State Prison, Sacramento. The incident happened Sept. 8, 2016.


29 Responses

  1. Fenton Friday, May 26, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Great job Jora! Off duty saving lives!

  2. Lavonne Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Nice to see people still care. Anyone can be cool but you are awesome! That takes practice.

  3. Lavonne Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Awesome! Thank goodness you were there to help out. It’s nice to see people still care.

  4. C/O N. Porras San Quentin State Prison Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Great Job Brother and Way to Represent CDCR and for thinking quick on your feet! There Should Be More People Like You In This World! 🙂

  5. Andrew Barz Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Good prevails again. Great job, man!

  6. Sgt A. BURT "CMC" Saturday, May 20, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Great Job Officer Jora, Your a true Inspiration for others. You make everyone proud and am glad to call you my CDCR brother. This world would be a better place if it was filled with more peole like you Jora. GREAT JOB!!!!
    – Sgt. A. Burt

  7. Raul Ramirez Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / 9:11 am

    I’m glad to see that there is people that still care now a days. Thank you officer Jora for your quick actions. God bless.

    • marjorie burchfield Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      good work!!

  8. P. Blumenthal Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I am impressed, Officer Jora! You were quick on your feet and an angel of mercy.

  9. dr b Saturday, May 6, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Well done. An example to us all — to have the preparation to stay calm and effective combined with the good-will instinct to help others in a crisis situation. Thank you.

  10. Sgt. G. Berry Friday, May 5, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you for your heroic efforts. Good job!

  11. Fernandez Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Awesome Job Jora …i know who pays attention in in CPR/First Aid…it may be boring but you never know….Great job

    PS: everyone pays attention


  12. Frank Walker Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Great Job Officer Jora! CDCR Finest. Be safe Brother.

  13. J. Carrillo Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Using your training and experience to help someone out without even knowing that person is a true act of service to the community. It is awesome to think that the off-duty officer you helped, by virtue of your actions, may go on to save other lives and help people in the future. The repercussions of your positive actions will touch the lives of many others. Way to go!

  14. Lt. D. Lopez, SVSP Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Outstanding! I hope the suspect was caught. I want to say Thank You to Officer Jora for taking the initiative, being a professional, and for saving a life. The person you saved is Blessed that you were there to treat him. People like you keep our communities safe. Thanks for all you do, you are a great example to us all.

  15. M.Ruiz Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Sac at its finest.. Geat job!

  16. Michael Zulim, retired Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Great job, yet another CPO stepping up to help a fellow citizen (later proved to be a fellow PO). We are always on the clock.

  17. C. Madrigal Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Great Job brother!!

  18. Daniel,R. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Good looking out!

  19. J. Chastain Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Great job! We appreciate your quick thinking. Be safe.

  20. Sgt. R. R. Steele Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Awesome Job, Bro. Thank you, man for being an outstanding human being and helping others.

  21. C/O J. Shorter Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Great job! Your CDCR family at CSP-LAC is so proud of you!. Blessings to you and your family.

  22. Matthew Koop Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    That’s what its all about… Great job!

  23. F. Azevedo Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Great job my friend! You were ready and prepared to provide assistance when needed. That is what we do, what we are trained to do and you represented yourself, your brothers and sisters with great pride and honor. Much respect.

  24. Valerie Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Amazing job done by You, and the bystander! You were in the right place, at the right time! I am sure the officer is very thankful.

  25. PoppaRod Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Awesome response from yet another C.O., who performs at this level daily, and yet, are rarely if ever recognized!! Blessings to you and your loved ones!!

  26. Mike Tuntakit Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Great job!

  27. C/O D. Baker Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Nice work brotha….Hero in my book!

  28. I. Castillo Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Good job!

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