Photos of the memorial service by Clarissa Resultan, CDCR TV Specialist
Photos of the procession by Lt. Robert Barrett and other CDCR staff
Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos’s body was transported from the Kern County Coroner’s Office to Visalia on Sept. 24. He was laid to rest Oct. 5, 2018, in Visalia.
The procession of law enforcement, CDCR and other public safety agency vehicles escorted Officer Gallegos along the freeways and highways, where many saluted as they passed.
Paying their respects on overpasses and alongside roadways, flags waved. Gallegos was also a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, being awarded the National Service Defense Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, according to his family.
CDCR Acting Secretary Ralph Diaz, many CDCR staff members and other members of other law enforcement agencies attended his funeral service.
“Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos was a man of dedication, integrity, love and compassion,” said KVSP Warden Christian Pfeiffer. “A man who worked daily to honor his chosen profession by upholding department policy and enforcing the laws of this great state. Those who worked with Armando will attest he was dedicated to doing the right thing.”
Officer Gallegos died unexpectedly at a Hanford hospital on Sept. 14. Gallegos, 56, had worked at KVSP since graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in 2005. He remained at the prison until April 21, 2018, when he, along with a second officer, sustained injuries during an attack by inmates.
For seven of those inmates involved in the April 21 attack, CDCR previously recommended attempted homicide charges to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.