While families peacefully slumbered in their warm beds, a Correctional Sergeant went door-to-door to evacuate them during a potentially dangerous neighborhood gas leak.
While enjoying a day at an Elk Grove golf course, Sgt. Anthony Marquez put his training to use to help save a man’s life.
Dec. 10 was a normal day for Avenal State Prison Correctional Lt. John Mendiboure. He and his wife were returning home from the Bay area when they came across a vehicle wedged underneath the back of a semi-truck, smoking curling up from under the hood. There were no emergency crews on scene and the accident, on the right side of the freeway, appeared to have just happened. The Mendiboures went into action to try to save a young man trapped inside.
Officer Rod Harvell recently became more than a youth baseball coach when he helped save a young girl’s life.
A weekend road trip found a CDCR lieutenant and his wife rendering aid to a family caught in a truck precariously perched on a retaining wall in the middle of a busy highway.
A driver trapped in a vehicle hidden from view down an embankment has a sharp-eyed correctional counselor to thank for a positive outcome. “As I opened the door, it made a loud pop sound and it startled her and she started screaming,” said CCI Nicholas Wilder as he attempted to rescue a crash victim.
People know each other in small towns. Neighbors wave as they drive by, kids play and familiar faces are common. As one CDCR employee was driving through his town recently, a out-of-the-ordinary guy walking along the roadside caught his attention. The employee, trusting his gut instincts, ended up stopping a home invasion and possible assault on an older woman.
There was no denying the pride in CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan’s face as he looked out over a room full of corrections employees and their families, gathered to honor their achievements and bravery at the 31st annual Medal of Valor ceremony.
A routine trip home quickly turned into a rescue operation for CDCR Analyst Allen Aldon last month.
Aldon, who is assigned to the Office of Peace Officer Selection in Rancho Cucamonga, was on a freeway when he saw a vehicle run over a motorcyclist, leaving the bike rider lodged under the vehicle.
His quick actions helped save a life.
Correctional Sgt. Salvador Velasco Jr., who was driving to work at Calipatria State Prison (CAL), rendered aid to a severely injured traffic victim on Aug. 29.