A standard day for two parole agents took a drastic turn as they helped pull a woman from a car as fire rapidly approached. On Aug. 2 at 10:35 a.m., Southern Region California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) Agents Raymond Ernandez and George Meza were traveling on the freeway near Fallbrook when they saw smoke coming from a fire near the freeway.
Off-site training for the Deuel Vocational Institution Investigative Services Unit (ISU) turned into a real-world scenario when they spotted a car flipping end-over-end off the freeway. On Sept. 2 at 8:45 a.m., ISU staff heard the sound of screeching tires coming from the nearby Interstate 5 to 205 exchange. Officers looked to see a small passenger vehicle come off the highway flipping front over end and then rolling approximately five times before coming to a stop not far from their location.
A routine drive home was anything but when a correctional officer was heading home after her shift. On Aug. 18, 2018 while driving home from the California Correctional Institution, Officer Kendle Prince witnessed a single-car accident on Highway 58 outside Bakersfield.
While attending a high school sporting event, an off-duty CDCR employee saw a man collapse. That’s when Mule Creek State Prison Correctional Officer Devin Vasquez rushed to assist.
A summer drive turned into a rescue mission for one Central California Women’s Facility staff member. On a hot summer afternoon July 27, Sgt. Martin Gonzales was driving through a busy section of Madera. As he approached a nearby skate park, he saw two vehicles ahead of him collide, sending a pickup truck up an embankment onto railroad tracks.
When High Desert State Prison Registered Nurse Teresa Smith was on her way to work May 24, she wasn’t expecting to help save a life. Smith was driving around 6:30 in the morning when she came across a major motorcycle accident. “I arrived a few minutes after the accident. I walked over a dismembered bleeding leg to a motorcycle rider lying on the highway by his bike. I shook the young man and asked if he was OK. He said, ‘My leg.'” The man was conscious so Smith reassured him and began taking steps to stop the bleeding.