A parole agent and correctional counselor, both on their way home from work, came across a vehicle partially submerged in a shallow lake near the freeway. They stopped to render assistance to the victim until emergency medical services could arrive.
What started as a normal work day for Calipatria State Prison (CAL) Correctional Officer Juan Galvan quickly turned into a life-or-death situation. On Friday, Feb. 2, Officer Galvan, while working as Floor Officer #1 on Facility B, Housing Unit 5, at CAL, responded to a call of “man down” in one of the cells. Officer Galvan found an inmate on the ground, unresponsive. Responding Officer Robert Gonzalez immediately assisted Officer Galvan, and took over providing chest compressions.
Since its inception, some employees of the state prison system have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to help those in need. In this installment of Unlocking History, we explore the stories of three of those employees going back to 1908.
When a Valley State Prison (VSP) employee was on his way to work Jan. 8, he came across the scene of a two-car accident on a busy highway. Soon a second employee arrived and also helped one of the accident victims.
In late 2017, Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Correctional Case Records Analyst Heather Muela and her family were driving home and came upon the scene of a hit-and-run accident, which left a pedestrian lying in the road.
An inmate who walked away from the Folsom Minimum Support Facility at Folsom State Prison was apprehended thanks to the sharp eye and quick thinking of an off-duty correctional officer. Officer Vianey Ford was driving through Rancho Cordova on Oct. 31 at 7:10 p.m. when she spotted someone she recognized as an inmate who walked away from Folsom State Prison five days earlier.