Ironwood State Prison Accounting Officer Ana Doyle was returning home from vacation when a car ahead of them crossed the center divider and collided head-on with a big rig near Joshua Tree National Park. Doyle and her husband parked their vehicle, making sure their young children were secure, then raced toward the mangled car.
While patrolling the perimeter of Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), a correctional sergeant saw a vehicle go off the road into a nearby field, roll several times and eject the driver. The sergeant radioed for help from a correctional officer, then ran to aid the victim.
Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Craig Lee responded to the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting by running into the gunfire multiple times to help gunshot victims. “I just ran out there to help people. It’s something that clicked in me,” Officer Lee recalls. “I knew I needed to help that guy doing CPR even with the gunfire and bullets. It was an experience I don’t ever want to go through again.”
As Lt. Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor is laid to rest in Pismo Beach, one mother credits him with saving five people during the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. “Mr.Taylor,” the note begins. “It is with a heavy heart that I write this card. You see, we didn’t know each other, but by happenstance, our families’ paths crossed. You were standing next to my son and daughter and their three friends at the Route 91 concert. … I hope your family can find solace in the fact that you saved five other people.”
A recent news report regarding a man abandoning a 16-day-old baby in a parking lot in Suisun City made national headlines but one piece of the story attracted little attention – the quick actions of a correctional officer at the scene led to the apprehension of the suspect. Peace officers train for critical incidents that may occur at any moment. With that training, correctional officers are held to a higher standard and judged on the response to stressful situations. While getting a haircut at a local barber shop, Officer Fox spotted something odd happening outside the shop’s window.