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.
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.