CDCR honored 68 employees Sept. 14 during its 33rd annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, including 17 Pelican Bay State Prison employees who were honored with Gold Star Medals after being brutally attacked during a large-scale riot at the prison last year. The department also recognized the efforts of 16 employees who went above and beyond during the Las Vegas mass shooting last year and remembered the sacrifice of Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor.
To learn more about the recent Day of Preparedness event held in Old Sacramento, Inside CDCR caught up with Mandy Johnson, CDCR’s Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Correctional Safety’s Emergency Planning and Management Unit.
Former correctional officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907, describes typical job duties for a guard at the prison. This was part of a series he wrote for a newspaper and it published on Jan. 4, 1912. Conroy also describes the layout of the guard post and procedures.
On Friday, Sept. 14, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos died unexpectedly in a Hanford hospital. 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.
Former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907, described what visitors saw when they toured San Quentin prison. The story was published in the Santa Cruz Evening News, Jan. 3, 1912. This was part of a short series Conroy wrote for the newspaper. At the time it was published, Conroy worked for the Santa Cruz Fire Department.