After attending a recital, Sgt. David Vega, his wife and niece were on their way home when they came across a grisly scene on Interstate 10 in Redlands. Something was in the road, being hit by multiple vehicles. Cars in the number two and three lanes swerved but still hit the object. As the came closer, they saw the object was a human body.
While on-duty, Correctional Officer Fred Moss can usually be found working at Central California Women’s Facility. But one recent morning the off-duty officer was checking off items from his grocery shopping list when he answered the call for help. On March 6, Officer Moss was shopping at a grocery store in Fresno. With his cart loaded and ready to check-out, he spotted an unconscious woman lying on the ground, a pool a blood forming on the floor around her neck.
As Registered Nurse Justin Hobgood was on his way to work at California Institution for Women in the early morning on Feb. 1, he had to put his skills to use to help a teenage driver after her car flipped over. In the dark, he saw a vehicle trying to merge onto the freeway but a big rig was in the way. The smaller car continued at speed, trying to use the shoulder to pass and merge when the driver ran out of shoulder. As Hobgood would learn later, Destiny is 18 and was on her way to school.
A typical drive home was anything but for Folsom State Prison Sgt. Jesse Camp. Shortly after midnight, while driving his personal vehicle, Camp came across the scene of a two-vehicle accident. One of the victims was an on-duty CDCR employee.
When the Camp Fire scorched large swaths of Butte County in November, one parole agent went above the usual call of duty to help his neighbors and provide mutual aid, as well as maintaining communication with impacted parolees.
After a long day at work at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), RN Kimberly Houtz got in her car and began driving home on Highway 101, much like any other day. Ahead of her, she saw a semi-truck turn in front of a car, causing the smaller vehicle to slam into one of its trailers, becoming trapped underneath. That’s when her training kicked-in, not knowing the driver of the trapped vehicle was a correctional officer.