By Lt. Megan Cherinka, AA/PIO
California Medical Facility
Three high school seniors are better prepared financially to face college thanks to the annual California Medical Facility (CMF) Al Patch Memorial Scholarship.
Each year, scholarships are awarded to eligible high school seniors whose family works at the CMF. On June 20, three students received awards of $1,000 each.
K. Mitchell-Silbaugh, E. Marie Ednacot and K. Hurtado were presented checks by Warden Robert W. Fox and Chief Deputy Warden Daniel E. Cueva during the executive team 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. Annually, the various staff members of CMF hold several different fundraisers to help gather donations for the Al Patch Memorial Scholarship.
In honoring Officer Patch’s memory, CMF staff will continue to assist the families who continue to do the job to which he gave all.