Above the Call: Motorcyclist loses leg in accident, HDSP nurse first at scene

Above the Call: Motorcyclist loses leg in accident, HDSP nurse first at scene

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.

Above the Call: Two CSP-SAC officers save choking coworker

Above the Call: Two CSP-SAC officers save choking coworker

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. 

Above the Call: Avenal Officer saves 5-year-old boy from drowning in freezing river

Above the Call: Avenal Officer saves 5-year-old boy from drowning in freezing river

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.