Rappelling event raises funds for Girl Scouts
By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Parole Agent Patricia Tuman is about to take a steep plunge off the side of a Fresno skyscraper to benefit an organization she holds dear – the Girl Scouts.
Called “Over the Edge,” the Sept. 19 fundraiser allows the participant to rappel down the side of a building by raising $1,000.
This is the latest way she has been involved with the scouts.
Agent Tuman was a Brownie and Girl Scout.
“I did patch work, sold the cookies, learned survival skills and a ton of other positive ways to approach life and its obstacles,” she said. “It helped build my own personal courage, confidence and character.”
She started her scouting at age 7 and when she became a mother, she continued being involved in the program.
“I became a Scout Leader in 1998 to start my own girls out right,” she said. “One is currently a Correctional Officer at Kern Valley State Prison. My youngest (daughter) is a substitute teacher and softball coach at a local community college.”
In 1996, Agent Tuman started her career with the department as a Correctional Officer at Pleasant Valley State Prison. She had already served her country in the U.S. Army for nearly nine years, leaving the military to “embrace motherhood,” she said.
“Joining the department was the best move ever,” Tuman said.
She is a mother of three, two of them daughters, and worked as a Correctional Officer on the line until 1999. Then, she became the armory officer.
“I was, of course, a range master and chemical agents instructor as well as an armorer for all of the departmental weapons,” she said.
In 2001, she completed the 39th Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) Academy.
“I became a tactical firearms instructor for the team and assisted at the SERT Academy,” she said. “They were some of the best years of my life.”
In 2008, she became a Correctional Counselor I.
She went through the Parole Agent Academy in 2010.
“I’m currently assigned to Region 1, Central GPS as a Parole Agent I,” she said. “I am a Range Master, PAST instructor and First Aid Instructor. I teach annual Firearms Policy and Use of Force. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the challenges it presents to me daily.”
She recommends Girl Scouts.
“Any age is a good age to become a Girl Scout,” she said. “They offer programs for girls from kindergarten to high school, from ages 5 to 18.”
Agent Tuman, a grandmother of seven, is active and said this will be an easy rappel.
“It’s going to be a very controlled descent,” she said. “I have rappelled plenty as a SERT member, but I’m pretty sure, this is going to be the easiest drop I’ve ever done.”
She stays fit, regularly hitting the gym.
“I’m all about wanting to stay healthy and strong and workout on a consistent basis,” she said. “I’ve also been shooting competitively at the U.S. Police and Fire Games for over 10 years. It’s something my husband and I share an interest in and it’s a great hobby.”
She’s active on duty as well as at home.
“I live an active, off-duty lifestyle and have no intentions on changing any of it. It’s great being involved in positive things for our community,” she said.
Her personal fundraising goal for the event is $2,500.
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To learn more and contribute, visit https://donate.girlscoutsccs.org/cdcr