By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC
Photo by Lt. Ronald Ladd, AA/PIO, VSP
A Valley State Prison correctional sergeant was on his way home after a day of training when he came across the scene of an apparent hit-and-run accident.
Sgt. Jeramey Moore was driving on Highway 152, leaving Central California Women’s Facility, when he spotted a smoking car ahead. There was a late-model Cadillac sedan, its front-end smashed, on the side of the road. There were no emergency responders at the scene.
He pulled his vehicle to the side of the road to assess the situation and call 911. A few more motorists stopped to offer help. There were three injured elderly people in the car.
Sgt. Moore asked one to direct traffic around the accident while the other assisted with triage and care of two of the accident victims who were conscious with minor injuries. The third victim was unconscious, seated in the front passenger side of the vehicle.
He opened the door and tried to wake up the victim but was unsuccessful. After a few more tries, the third victim regained consciousness and the sergeant provided first-aid. The 911 dispatcher said the ambulance was 30 minutes away so Sgt. Moore stayed with the vehicle until they arrived.
“Due to Sgt. Moore’s decisive actions, traffic was directed around the incident and further accidents were avoided on Highway 152,” said his supervisor, Lt. Jacob Guzman. “Sgt. Moore acted swiftly and without hesitation to provide first aid to the three elderly occupants involved.”
The accident happened Nov. 17.