On their way back from lunch June 29, Ironwood State Prison Correctional Officer Brian Blue and Sgt. Joseph Waltman assisted in stopping the attempted abduction of a child in a courthouse parking lot.
A normal day for Correctional Officers T. Castech and C. Peterson quickly turned into saving the life of a fellow officer. “I was inside the B Gym staff office talking to Officer C. Petterson. Officer Zerr was sitting in the B Gym Yard Office eating his lunch when all of a sudden, (he) pushed himself away from his desk, dropping his sandwich and flopping around his upper torso in his chair, waving his arms and scooting his feet towards the trash can near Officer C. Peterson and I,” said Officer Castech of the April 19 incident.
While fishing with two of his cousins early the morning of June 23, Officer Jess Moran saw a 5-year-old boy near the edge of the Sequoia River, slip, bounce off rocks and plunge into the moving river. Moran immediately dropped his fishing pole and without thinking twice about his own safety, jumped into the freezing river and swam across to render aid as his cousins called 911.
A young boy walking to school in freezing winter weather without a jacket or sweater prompted a K9 officer at Pleasant Valley State Prison to get involved and eventually other staff to help the boy and his family.
While waiting for his meal in a fast-food restaurant drive-through, Licensed Vocational Nurse Moses Chasimba spotted something amiss and ended up helping save an off-duty police officer. While on his way to Morrow Bay, the Avenal State Prison employee stopped in Kettleman City to grab a bite to eat, which proved to be a lifesaving moment.
While transporting inmates, a bus crew were the first to arrive at the scene of a single-vehicle accident. The victim, pinned inside the vehicle, was saved thanks to the quick actions of the CDCR staff. On April 26, 2018, while transporting 13 inmates on Highway 26, the Statewide Transportation Unit (STU) Northern Transportation Hub bus crew – Sgt. John Arthur and Officers Ronald Moore and Mario Perez – came upon a serious vehicle accident that had just occurred. Emergency services had yet to arrive.