CDCR staff join officers from other law enforcement
By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison
The Calipatria State Prison and Centinela State Prison Correctional staff participated on May 8 with other law enforcement agencies in a ceremony to honor fallen officers from the Imperial Valley at the 7th annual Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial.
Also in attendance were members of the U.S. Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department and several other law enforcement agencies.
The ceremony started with a motorcade of all the Imperial County agencies in attendance and the posting of the Colors by Centinela State Prison Honor Guard. The ceremony included guest speakers from various agencies, a 21-gun salute, a ride- less horse, a flag folding ceremony and the playing of taps by Calipatria State Prison Correctional Sgt. Robert Silvas.
Thirty-nine flags represented Imperial Valley law enforcement officers who have fallen while on duty flew, as hundreds of spectators listened to El Centro Chief of Police Eddie Madueno, ask “who cares about the 127 law enforcement officers that fell in the line of duty on a national scale in 2014? Who cares about the 15 serving the state of California who fell over the course of 12 months? Who cares about the 42 to date that has died nationally’ and who cares about the 39 local peace officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice. We do, as we are the hundreds that gather here today to shut down Main Street for the 7th annual … ceremony. We Care.”
“Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my partner,” said Calipatria State Prison Correctional Sgt. Teresa Desidario, as she stood in front of staff that represented the different fallen officers from their respective agencies on the courtroom steps. Sgt. Desidario thanked all law enforcement agencies for coming together to honor fallen officers throughout the Imperial Valley.
The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial Committee was formed in 2009 to honor Valley Law Enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Claudia S. Macias the Community Resource Manager for Calipatria State Prison has been on the Committee for the past four years. Among the fallen officers is our Correctional Officer Arnold Obeso, who worked at Centinela State Prison, Ms. Macias said.