By Sarah L. Watson, AA/PIO

California Rehabilitation Center

Color Guard Teams from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC), San Quentin State Prison (SQ), High Desert State Prison (HDSP), Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) and California State Transportation were in attendance recently at the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF) National Memorial Ceremony in Seattle, WA. Also in attendance were CRC Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins, SQ Warden Kevin Chappell, Centinela State Prison Warden Amy Miller, and California Medical Facility Warden Brian Duffy.

The CPOF Annual National Memorial Ceremony is the largest and most significant event in the nation to honor those who died in the line of duty and to assist the families who have been left behind.

CDCR Division of Adult Institutions Director Michael D. Stainer stated, “CPOF allow us an opportunity to honor, support, and bond deeply with all the family members who lost a loved one in the line of duty.  You can’t put a value on the emotional support provided by CPOF.”

This year, 18 peace officers who died in the line of duty were honored. In addition, two peace officers who lost their lives while fighting for our country in the armed forces were also recognized.

Some lost their life during accidents, or were murdered by either an inmate or a parolee.  Numerous Departments of Corrections, Federal Bureaus of prisons, and other peace officer agencies from all corners of the United States and as far away as Canada were in attendance.

Approximately 80,000 CPOF members showed their love and support through donating their time and money to CPOF Project and continue to do so with a new scholarship program and ongoing donations of time and money.  Their love and support also assures no family member is ever forgotten.

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DAI Director Michael Stainer, center, with one of the CDCR Color Guards.