By Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison
A Calipatria State Prison (CAL) inmate is grateful after a correctional officer and CDCR medical staff rushed in to save his life.
On Oct. 12, Correctional Officer D. Rush, Registered Nurse C. Sigmond and Licensed Vocational Nurse G. Williams responded to a call of “man down” on Facility A’s exercise yard.
Officer Rush found inmate Andre Brumfield on the ground and unresponsive.
Having been trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the officer quickly used his training to aid the medical staff members. He initiated CPR protocols which he continued as the inmate was transported to Central Health. Inmate Brumfield was stabilized by the on-duty medical staff at the prison and then received additional treatment at an outside hospital.
Michele Whitman, Health Care Access Unit Captain, said: “Officer Rush, LVN Williams and RN Sigmond served as key participants in saving Andre Brumfield’s life. Rush, Williams and Sigmond were each an integral part of the emergency medical response. Their actions were no less than life saving.”
Rush, Williams and Sigmond’s diligence and dedication to duty reflects great credit upon themselves, the prison, the Health Care Access Unit and CDCR.
CAL Warden Warren L. Montgomery received a letter from Brumfield praising the efforts of the officer.
“I am 26 years old, I have a 3-year-old daughter, a very loving mother, and (recently) my heart stopped beating and I flat-lined. But, the most miraculous thing happened, an angel in the suit of a Correctional Officer with the name-tag Rush performed CPR, on someone he had never met, without hesitation. Officer Rush is my hero and my family is very grateful to him,” Brumfield wrote.