Sergeant used CPR training to save life of choking officer
By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution
It was a day like any other for staff at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) until a Correctional Officer found herself in a life-threatening situation and in need of help.
Sgt. Juan Begines was going through his normal routine on Sept. 4 when he spotted a fellow employee begin choking.
Remaining calm and relying on his CPR in-service training, he began performing abdominal thrusts on the Correctional Officer.
Due to his actions, the officer began breathing on her own.
“I feel overwhelmed and very grateful for the recognition,” he said. “I am so blessed I was able to help and the employee is going to be OK.”
Warden Jerome Price expressed appreciation for the Sergeant’s quick actions.
“We are all very proud of Sgt. Begines’ alertness, assessment and quick response in providing life-saving techniques to a fellow co-worker,” said Warden Price.
He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a Correctional Officer at High Desert State Prison in 2008.
On April 14, 2014, he promoted to Correctional Sergeant at DVI.