Joanne Nabors, center, holds a plaque honoring her life-saving efforts. She is credited with saving Correctional Sgt. Thomas Holmes, of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and California State Prison, Corcoran.

Joanne Nabors, center, holds a plaque honoring her life-saving efforts. She is credited with saving Correctional Sgt. Thomas Holmes, of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and California State Prison, Corcoran.

Photos Courtesy Visalia Times Delta

A correctional sergeant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and California State Prison, Corcoran, would have lost his life if it wasn’t for passing motorists.

According to a story in the Visalia Times Delta newspaper, Sgt. Thomas Holmes’ truck had just flipped down Highway 198 June 16 when three women stopped to see what happened. They pulled over and found Holmes on the ground, badly injured and unconscious.

Ashley Parks took his pulse but said there was none. Meanwhile, Joanne Nabors performed CPR.

“I couldn’t let him die. No one was doing anything. But, I knew I had to try,” Nabors told the Times Delta.

Nabors, Parks and their family friend, Jennifer Jutiron, saved Holmes’ life.

“Holy cow, I am on this side of the grass because of these women,” Holmes said recently at a presentation to honor the women for their good deed. “I didn’t realize my life had been saved until Joanne walked into my hospital room. I am so grateful.”

To thank the women for their efforts, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) decided to recognize the women for saving the life of one of their own. Nabors was presented with a plaque at the correctional facility in Corcoran.

Warden Stuart Sherman admitted he didn’t think the guard would pull through.

“You brought [Thomas] back to life. We are appreciative for everything you did for us,” said Joe Carrasco, CCPOA chapter president, in a Times Delta story.

Holmes told the newspaper he hopes to return to work in December. He’s been employed with CDCR in Corcoran for more than 17 years.

 

Joanne Nabors and Correctional Sgt. Thomas Holmes, center, were the subject of much celebration during a ceremony at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at CSP, Corcoran.

Joanne Nabors and Correctional Sgt. Thomas Holmes, center, were the subject of much celebration during a ceremony at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at CSP, Corcoran.