On Jan. 26, Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp firefighters walked onto the field at CSU-Sacramento to be recognized for their efforts fighting fires in 2018. The small ceremony was one part of the 45th annual Guns and Hoses Bowl, a charity football game between local firefighters and law enforcement officers. The youth firefighters also took part in a Kids Safety Fair.
Special Olympic Athlete Tyler Bommer and Acting Warden Covello carried the Flame of Hope together to kick off the 2018 Polar Plunge which took place at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark in Chula Vista in December. The Plunge event gathers local law enforcement agencies and San Diego County residents in efforts to raise money for Special Olympics.
Inmates housed on Facility D at California State Prison, Solano, teamed up to collect money for the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. The inmates collectively raised over $1,000. The check will be given to the Salvation Army where they will donate it to the victims.
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) and the San Diego Salvation Army Kroc Center teamed up to donate 200 bicycles to children in San Diego, a partnership that has been going strong since 2014. Glynis Eckert, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Kroc Center, is no stranger to how much work goes into making all of this happen. When planning began in late August, it was clear that RJD staff and inmates had to come together to ensure each identified kid would receive a bike.
Those who walk the toughest beat in the state deal with people who made very poor choices. From car thieves to thrill seekers, the reasons some of those early inmates landed in state prisons are varied. The following inmate, who served his time in the early 1900s, was a police officer who almost sparked an international incident. Joseph Gustav Munz put on a badge and patrolled the river in Shanghai to help keep the navigation channels open. Munz killed a Chinese citizen and his 1904 case strained relations between the two countries. To help calm the situation, Munz was loaded on a boat and sent to America to serve his sentence in San Quentin.
On Jan. 15, California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC), Correctional Sgt. Andrew Novak was awarded the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Patriot Award. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.