As Registered Nurse Justin Hobgood was on his way to work at California Institution for Women in the early morning on Feb. 1, he had to put his skills to use to help a teenage driver after her car flipped over. In the dark, he saw a vehicle trying to merge onto the freeway but a big rig was in the way. The smaller car continued at speed, trying to use the shoulder to pass and merge when the driver ran out of shoulder. As Hobgood would learn later, Destiny is 18 and was on her way to school.
After a long day at work at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), RN Kimberly Houtz got in her car and began driving home on Highway 101, much like any other day. Ahead of her, she saw a semi-truck turn in front of a car, causing the smaller vehicle to slam into one of its trailers, becoming trapped underneath. That’s when her training kicked-in, not knowing the driver of the trapped vehicle was a correctional officer.
A parole agent and correctional counselor, both on their way home from work, came across a vehicle partially submerged in a shallow lake near the freeway. They stopped to render assistance to the victim until emergency medical services could arrive.
When a Valley State Prison (VSP) employee was on his way to work Jan. 8, he came across the scene of a two-car accident on a busy highway. Soon a second employee arrived and also helped one of the accident victims.
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.