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.
When a coworker at Valley State Prison collapsed on the recreation yard, other staff sprang into action. Around 1:55 p.m. on March 6, Psychiatric Technician (PT) Anthony Borges fell to the ground on the yard in an apparent medical emergency. Staff rushed to his aid.
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.