Cci Trone Ride Group Photo Oatman Az Edited

The annual memorial ride stops for a photo in Oatman, Arizona.

By Lt. Elias Garcia, AA/PIO
California Correctional Institution

In September, 12 individuals rode across the desert landscape to honor a man of virtue and integrity. The seventh annual Capt. Bret Trone Memorial ride has once again come to remind us of where we were and how far we’ve come. This ride to honor a man whose purest joy was riding across the great plains of the US of A with his beloved wife has become a tradition here at California Correctional Institution (CCI).

Capt. Bret Trone was a Captain at Facility C when he passed away Sept. 13, 2011. And while it has only been seven years, his staff thinks of him daily in the performance of their duties. Officer Jose Andrade recalls, “The Captain was efficient and perfect. His printed messages on sticky notes have left a memorable impression on me of the man he was and the example I hope to live up to.”

Officer D. Bliss recalls that if you ever had a question, Capt. Trone would always stop what he was doing, however important it was, set his pen down and give you his full attention.

The motorcyclists rode out on their steel horses across the western desert to Laughlin, Nev. Smiles for miles could be seen on their faces as they rode down the highway in the blistering heat. Ms. Trone followed looking forward to a weekend with “the captain’s guys.” Dinner was spent retelling Capt. Trone tales which brought comfort to Ms. Trone. She recalled the time she and “The Captain” rode across the United States with no plans, just the two of them and Capt. Trone shouting, “woo hoo.”