CDCR Construction Supervisor II Ed Milam received a phone call with news no parent wants to hear – his 23-year-old daughter Jessica had been gravely injured during the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
When people are asked to name the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the word “Folsom,” many respond with the song, “Folsom Prison Blues,” or singer Johnny Cash. In 1968, the legendary performer recorded his hit live album, “At Folsom Prison.” Since then, the city of Folsom has long tried to stamp itself as something other than the site of that long-ago concert – until now. With name recognition spanning the globe, Folsom city officials and tourism boosters are embracing their claim to fame by naming a 2.5-mile-long trail, pedestrian bridge and park in honor of the late Johnny Cash. None of it could have happened without the help of CDCR since the project uses land owned by the state prison system.
When the shooting started at the Las Vegas concert, an off-duty correctional officer returned to his hotel room, retrieved his weapon and assisted police. California Institution for Men Officer Jason Peacock attended the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas and was enjoying the show when the shooting started. He managed to get a group to safety, grabbed his gun from his room, and returned to the venue to assist local police.
Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Craig Lee responded to the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting by running into the gunfire multiple times to help gunshot victims. “I just ran out there to help people. It’s something that clicked in me,” Officer Lee recalls. “I knew I needed to help that guy doing CPR even with the gunfire and bullets. It was an experience I don’t ever want to go through again.”
As Lt. Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor is laid to rest in Pismo Beach, one mother credits him with saving five people during the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. “Mr.Taylor,” the note begins. “It is with a heavy heart that I write this card. You see, we didn’t know each other, but by happenstance, our families’ paths crossed. You were standing next to my son and daughter and their three friends at the Route 91 concert. … I hope your family can find solace in the fact that you saved five other people.”