By Lt. Anthony Baer, AA/PIO
California State Prison-Corcoran
The Correctional Peace Officer Foundation (CPOF) held its annual Project 2000 XXV in Seattle to honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice – giving their lives in the line of duty or surviving a serious inmate assault.
Among those recognized were Correctional Officers Pablo De Ochoa, Isabel Benitez, Shawn Shelby, Brenda Magallanes, and Samuel Ponce from California State Prison-Corcoran for their quick response to an attempted murder on a Peace Officer. The five officers were presented with a certificate, a memory clock, and a check in the amount of $500.
“The Correctional Peace Officer Foundation Memorial was a very humbling and honorable experience,” Officer De Ochoa said. “It was an emotional couple of days and I wouldn’t want to be with any other group. To all my Brothers and Sisters of the Badge still walking the line, stay safe.”
CPOF was formed by five California Correctional Officers who decided it was time to “Take Care of Our Own.” The nationwide organization includes officers from Canada and Puerto Rico and recognizes correctional officers in state, county, city, and federal correctional systems.
The CPOF not only takes care of uniformed staff but also assists other staff members who have been seriously assaulted or the families of those killed in the line of duty. CPOF makes sure the family members know they are not alone and are never forgotten.