From left are Warden Robert W. Fox, student Andrea Martinez, and her mother, Mariel Martinez, a Health Record Technician at CMF.

By Lt. Megan Cherinka, AA/PIO
California Medical Facility

Correctional Officer Albert Patch was stabbed to death by an inmate in 1980.

Two high school seniors are better prepared financially to face college thanks to the California Medical Facility (CMF) Al Patch Annual Memorial Scholarship.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to eligible high school seniors whose family works at the CMF.  On June 16, two students received awards of $1,000 each.

Paiton Demps, a graduating senior from Elk Grove High school, and Andrea Martinez, from Armijo, were presented with the checks by Warden Robert W. Fox during the executive meeting.

Albert Patch, a 16-year veteran of the department, was fatally stabbed to death while on duty on Aug. 17, 1980, as he attempted to break up a fight. (Here is an article about Officer Patch.)

Annually, the various staff members of CMF promote several different fundraisers to help gather donations for the Al Patch Memorial Scholarship. In honoring Officer Patch, CMF staff will continue to assist the families who continue to do the job he gave so much for.

Warden Robert W. Fox, left, stands with Correctional Officer Christopher Demps, scholarship winner Paiton Demps, and Elizabeth Demps.