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.
Northeast California is a land of majestic views, wilderness and remote roadways is not the place to have car trouble, let alone be in a single-vehicle accident. When a High Desert State Prison (HDSP) employee was on her way to work, she came across a vehicle flipped over on an icy road.
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.