Monday, June 14, 1999

Department of Corrections Honors Its Heroes Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony June 14, 1999


The California Department of Corrections honored 45 of its employees for acts of heroism and outstanding service while on duty and in the community. The employees—men and women, peace officer and civilian—were selected from nearly 100 nominees from facilities throughout the state.

Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Robert Presley and CDC Director C. A. Terhune presented the heroism medals and awards for Correctional Supervisor and Correctional Officer of the Year at the State Capitol in Sacramento.


Robert Presley, Secretary Youth and Adult Correctional Agency
"We are fortunate not to have had a major incident in this system," Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Robert Presley said, "and I think we should be proud of it."

"There are two major reasons for this. One is the fine work by our correctional officers who are out there fighting these battles every day, and certainly those being honored today.

"The second is that all of the prisons built since 1980 were designed so that when an uprising did occur, it could be contained.

"I’ve had the opportunity to visit several facilities—both CDC and CYA—while being Secretary, and I’ve always come away heartened by all the good work going on in there."


C. A. Terhune, Director California Department of Corrections

"We often hear it said," CDC Director C. A. Terhune said in his remarks, "that people don’t care about their neighbors or strangers. That people stand by, watch or do nothing as tragic events unfold. Today, we’ll hear about 45 men and women who do care. In every case, they cared enough to risk their life.

"Each of them, while looking fear in the face, demonstrated bravery and service above and beyond the call of duty and community service. These men and women are among the most heroic civil servants in California and, I would suggest, in the United States.

"As employees," Terhune continued, "they carry on our mission of public safety, and perform their duties out of the public’s view.

"Today, they are in the spotlight as recognition that they are exceptional human beings and heroes in every sense."

MEDAL OF VALOR

The Medal of Valor is the Department’s highest award, earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service. The employees shall display great courage in the face of immediate life-threatening peril and with full knowledge of the risk involved. The act should show professional judgment and not jeopardize operations or the lives of others.

The Medal of Valor is the Department’s highest award, earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service. The employees shall display great courage in the face of immediate life-threatening peril and with full knowledge of the risk involved. The act should show professional judgment and not jeopardize operations or the lives of others.


Correctional Officer Andre K. Johnson from California State Prison, Los Angeles County is awarded the Medal of Valor for risking his own life to save Correctional Officer Rita Hanson who was seriously injured by a group of 50 inmates during a melee last August.

Officer Johnson was attacked and battered by several inmates using their fists as he arrived at Facility 1. Despite sustaining significant injuries, Officer Johnson overcame the assault and rescued Officer Hanson during a very dangerous incident.

We honor his conspicuous bravery and heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service with the Department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.


Marvin Yaw, Electrician II from Folsom State Prison is awarded the Medal of Valor for saving outside lineman Christopher Kennedy from certain electrocution as he became entangled in high voltage lines while working outside the prison. When Kennedy yelled, "I can’t let go! Help me! I can’t let go," electrician Yaw climbed aboard a nearby bucket truck and grabbed Kennedy’s leather safety belt, pulling him to safety.

The lineman suffered a minor shock and is alive today thanks to Yaw’s quick thinking and unselfish actions. For his heroism, Marvin Yaw is presented with the Medal of Valor.


Correctional Officers Moises Diaz, Winfred Longwith and Oscar Perez, from Wasco State Prison are awarded the Medal of Valor for putting the lives of others before their own by rescuing two men in imminent danger of death after a collision trapped them in their trucks.

While driving home from work, Officers Diaz and Perez rescued the driver of one truck that was in the path of an oncoming train. Officer Longwith lowered himself into the other overturned truck cab but could not lift out the driver. Knowing he was unable to get the driver out before the train reached them, he climbed out of the cab, stood on the truck and signaled the train. The train missed the truck by fewer than ten feet.

Officers Diaz, Perez and Longwith are being honored with the Medal of Valor for putting the lives of others before their own and responding with great courage and compassion.

GOLD MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Gold) medal is the Department’s second highest award for heroic deeds under extraordinary circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of immediate peril in acting to save the life of another person.

Correctional Officer Curtis Leitaker and Correctional Sergeant Gerald Loosemore, California Correctional Center

Correctional Officer Curtis Leitaker and Correctional Sergeant Gerald Loosemore are awarded the Gold Medal for saving the lives of four accident victims. The officers were driving along an icy highway when suddenly a pickup with four occupants lost control, slid off the roadway, and rolled down an embankment. The truck landed upside-down in the icy waters of Long Valley Creek.

When the men reached the truck, they discovered one passenger nearly submerged in the freezing water. Working together quickly without regard for their own safety in the sub-freezing water, Officer Leitaker and Sergeant Loosemore rescued the passengers and brought them to safety.

Their actions represent the finest of the California Department of Corrections. In recognition of their bravery, the Department honors these men with the Gold Medal.

Correctional Officer Matthew Minnick, California Correctional Center

Correctional Officer Matthew Minnick is awarded the Gold Medal for risking his safety to help two vehicle accident victims. Officer Minnick was enroute to Reno when he noticed a sports utility vehicle on its side and a second automobile on the opposite side of the road with an hysterical teenage girl inside. As there were no signs of injury to her or to her car, he hurried to the overturned vehicle.

While another motorist held the door open, Officer Minnick assisted the first victim out and lowered her to the ground. He then turned his attention to the older woman trapped by her seatbelt. Without regard that the car could explode at any time, Officer Minnick managed to pull her to safety.

Officer Minnick’s willingness to assist others in need, and his ability to communicate clearly in a highly stressful situation, makes him deserving of the Department’s Gold Medal.

Correctional Officer Kelly Allen, California Medical Facility

Correctional Officer Kelly Allen is awarded the Gold Medal for her assistance in apprehending four criminals.

While stopped at a motel to spend the night, Officer Allen and her husband noticed four men approach another vehicle with four female occupants. From a distance, Officer Allen saw the men cover their faces and heard them yelling at the occupants of the vehicle. She removed her off-duty weapon from her vehicle, advised her husband to seek cover, and confronted the four men.

One of the men, however, began firing in her direction, as he and the other three men began to flee the scene. Two hit Officer Allen’s car. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies subsequently captured the men.

Officer Allen receives the Department’s Gold Medal for her bravery.

Correctional Officer William B. Barberick, California State Prison, Corcoran

Correctional Officer William B. is awarded the Gold Medal honoring his heroic and quick-thinking actions in stopping a potentially lethal inmate fight.

Officer Barberick was on duty in a prison yard, when he saw four inmates attacking and stabbing another inmate. Officer Barberick arrived first on the scene and hurled himself toward three of the attackers and knocked them off the attacked inmate.

His act so surprised the other attackers that they stopped and assumed a prone position on the ground.

The incident was over quickly. Because Officer Barberick thought and acted quickly in stopping what could have been a fatal assault, the Department honors him today with its Gold Medal.

Facility Captain Harry McDaniel, North Kern State Prison

Facility Captain Harry McDaniel is honored today with the Gold Medal for rescuing a woman from a travel trailer that was engulfed in flames.

The rescued woman suffered major burns over 30 percent of her body. Captain McDaniel spoke with the fire department as they were enroute to the scene, and, as instructed, he poured water on her burns and comforted her.

When the ambulance arrived and transported the victim to Kern Medical Center, Captain McDaniel continued to provide assistance, going to the hospital and communicating with her parents for follow-up instructions.

Captain McDaniel is an excellent example of a Corrections professional, going above and beyond the call of duty to save the life of another. We salute him today with the Gold Medal for his bravery, compassion and honor.

Parole Agents I Mark Joiner, David Mouras and John Thompson, Parole & Community Services Division, Region II

Parole Agents Mark Joiner, David Mouras and John Thompsom are awarded the Gold Star for their quick action in disarming a hostile parolee who would not surrender.

The parolee with a knife lunged at Agent Mouras, stabbing at him twice. Agent Thompson distracted the parolee while Agent Joiner sprayed the parolee with pepper spray. The parolee lunged at Agent Thompson, who was able to pin the knife between his body and his arm. After a struggle, agents took the knife away from the parolee.

Parole Agents Mark Joiner, David Mouras and John Thompson are honored today with the Gold Medal.

SILVER MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Silver) medal is the Department’s third highest honor for acts of bravery under extraordinary or unusual circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of potential peril while saving or attempting to save the life of another person or distinguish her or herself by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.

Correctional Officer Gregory Maxie, California State Prison, San Quentin
Correctional Officer Gregory Maxie is honored with the Department’s Silver Medal for assisting the California Highway Patrol in capturing a carjacking suspect.

Officer Maxie chased the suspect when he jumped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood. After scaling the fence, The suspect was yelling that he had a gun and he would use it. The suspect ran down the street and attempted to carjack a vehicle driving down the street. With Officer Maxie’s assistance, a California Highway Patrol officer apprehended the suspect.

The suspect was wanted in Oklahoma for armed carjacking and escaping from a mental institution.

Officer Maxie is saluted today with the Silver Medal for embodying the essential qualities of a California Department of Corrections officer.

Correctional Officers Mark R. Cruz, Armando C. Ramirez and Rodney Temporal, Calipatria State Prison

Correctional Officers Mark R. Cruz, Armando C. Ramirez and Rodney Temporal are awarded the Silver Medal for saving the life of Calipatria Correctional Sergeant Donald Fish. The trio responded to an automobile accident while on their way home.

Sergeant Fish was driving one of the vehicles which overturned and caught fire. Without regard for their own safety, they were able to move the car and pull Sergeant Fish to safety. Shortly afterwards, the vehicle completely was engulfed in flames and destroyed. The extraordinary courage, and quick response by Officers Cruz, Ramirez and Temporal saved the life of their colleague, Sergeant Fish.

We honor them today with the Silver Medal for their outstanding efforts.

Correctional Officers Paul A. Dockendorf, Rick Reinaldo and Jeff S. Rumsey, Correctional Sergeant Dan Woodward, Correctional Lieutenant Tom Ayers, Folsom State Prison

Correctional Officers Paul Dockendorf, Rick Reinaldo, Jeff Rumsey, Correctional Sergeant Dan Woodward and Correctional Lieutenant Tom Ayers are honored today with the Silver Medal for helping police capture an armed and dangerous suspect.

While at a Sacramento-area pizza parlor for refreshments, they saw two Sacramento Police Officers question and search a young man. The man bolted toward the front door and ran past Lieutenant Ayers and Sergeant Woodward who stood just twenty feet away. The police officers shouted at them to "Get Him!" Without regard to their own personal safety. Lieutenant Ayers and Sergeant Woodward grabbed the fleeing suspect. Officers Reinaldo, Rumsey and Dockendorf restraining him until additional police officers arrived. A search recovered a bag filled with money and a handgun. The young bank robber now is serving a 25 year prison sentence.

BRONZE MEDAL

The Corrections Star (Bronze) medal is the Department’s award for saving a life without placing oneself in peril. The employee shall have used proper training and tactics in a professional manner to save, or clearly contribute to saving, the life of another person.

Correctional Officer Ronald W. Hevener, California Correctional Center

Correctional Officer Lorenzo L. Abella, High Desert State Prison

Correctional Officer Ronald W. Hevener, California Correctional Center and Correctional Officer Lorenzo L. Abella from High Desert State Prison are awarded the Bronze Medal for saving the life of Correctional Sergeant Steve Chapman from certain drowning.

The surf separated the three while diving for abalone, and Officer Hevener noticed that Sergeant Chapman was disabled and floating lifeless face down. Though physically exhausted, Officer Hevener managed to pull Sergeant Chapman onto his inner tube.

Officer Abella, who had made it safely to shore, re-entered the dangerous surf and together, he and Officer Hevener, towed Sergeant Chapman to shore.

If it were not for the heroic actions of Officers Hevener and Abella, Sergeant Chapman would have died in the rough seas. The Department honors them today for their actions with the Bronze Medal.

Correctional Counselor I Keith Streeter, California Correctional Center

Correctional Counselor Keith Streeter is awarded the Bronze Medal for his quick action in rescuing two accident victims.

He was driving through a snowstorm to Trinity River Conservation Camp #3, when he saw a vehicle roll over with the occupants inside. Counselor Streeter quickly assessed whether or not there was immediate danger to the two elderly occupants or if the gas tank was leaking. He advised them to stay calm so they would not incur additional injuries to themselves. They were insistent on leaving their vehicle, and Streeter placed a blanket on the ground to protect them from broken glass and assisted them in climbing out.

Correctional Counselor Streeter exemplifies the courage and caring attitude that is part of the California Correctional System. We honor him today with the Department’s Bronze Medal.

Correctional Officer Russell W. Roper, California State Prison, Corcoran

Correctional Officer Russell W. Roper is honored today with the Department’s Bronze Medal for assisting an accident victim.

Officer Roper noticed tractor-trailer driver Denny Cardwell lying on the side of the road. Cardwell’s vehicle had pulled to the roadside slowing traffic. Officer Roper stopped to render assistance and discovered that the man was semi-conscious and in dire need of medical attention. He quickly took control of the situation, keeping order, directing traffic and alerting the Highway Patrol and emergency medical technicians.

While waiting for additional assistance, Officer Roper remained on the scene keeping the man calm and traffic moving smoothly. When the CHP and EMTs arrived, Officer Roper continued traffic control and set up a roadblock for a life flight helicopter to land.

We honor Officer Roper today for his efforts with the Bronze Medal.

Correctional Lieutenant Steven J. Vance, California State Prison, Sacramento

Correctional Lieutenant Steven J. Vance is awarded the Bronze Medal for his quick thinking in preventing serious injury to an inmate.

Lieutenant Vance responded to an inmate-on-inmate assault in a secured housing cell. An inmate attacked his cellmate with a piece of a broken television, who sustained multiple lacerations to his body from the initial attack. The inmate assailant continued to threaten the victim and attempted to injure him further.

As the assailant moved in front of the cell’s food tray slot, Lieutenant Vance grabbed the inmate’s hand and pulled it back through the slot. He was able to retrieve the weapon and allowed other staff to place handcuffs on the assailant.

This act demonstrated Lieutenant Vance’s ability to react quickly in a highly volatile situation. His actions prevented further injury to the inmate victim and likely prevented serious life-threatening injuries. Lieutenant Vance is honored today for his commitment to inmate and staff safety with the Department’s Bronze Medal.

Correctional Officer Susan D. Gore, Calipatria State Prison

Correctional Officer Susan D. Gore is honored with the Bronze Medal for her quick thinking at a vehicle accident.

While traveling from work at Calipatria State Prison, Officer Gore came upon the scene of an accident not far from the prison. One of the vehicles involved was overturned and on fire. Several Calipatria Officers were already on the scene, pulling Correctional Sergeant Donald Fish from his fiery vehicle.

While fellow Correctional Officers responded to the accident, Officer Gore immediately called for emergency assistance with her cellular telephone and began to divert traffic around the accident scene.

Officer Gore’s quick response in notifying emergency personnel made a critical difference in treatment received by Sergeant Fish. In awarding Officer Gore the Bronze Medal, the Department acknowledges her calm, courage and responsiveness.

Correctional Officers Robert Powell and Christine Seidel, Correctional Sergeant A. Jay Seide, Calipatria State Prison

Correctional Officers Robert Powell, Christine Seidel and Correctional Sergeant A. Jay Seidel are awarded the Bronze Medal for their actions which prevented further injuries to three civilians. The trio was traveling together when they came upon an off-road vehicle accident at Glamis, California.

They administered first aid to the three victims, placing the first victim into a head, neck and back brace, onto a gurney, and carried her to the bed of a pickup truck. They rode with her, keeping her stable, to the ambulance and carried her from the truck to the ambulance.

Officers Powell and Seidel and Sergeant Seidel showed selflessness and courage in helping these accident victims. The Department awards them the Bronze Medal for their "commendable professionalism and actions that have not gone unnoticed."

Correctional Officer Steven J. Acosta, Centinela State Prison

Correctional Officer Steven J. Acosta is honored today for rescuing Correctional Lieutenant Bruce Furtado from certain death. Officer Acosta was enroute to work when he saw another vehicle lose control and flip over two to three times.

Officer Acosta immediately pulled off the road and smelled a strong gasoline odor. Officer Acosta moved Lieutenant Furtado to safety and worked to prevent him from going into shock until medical help arrived about 30 minutes later.

While seriously hurt, Lieutenant Furtado survived the accident thanks to Officer Acosta’s courageous actions which we recognize today with the Department’s Bronze Medal.

Correctional Officer Robert Shupe, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison

Correctional Officer Robert Shupe is awarded the Bronze Medal for helping an elderly man lying on the side of the street.

While driving through Monrovia, Officer Shupe observed the man and pulled his vehicle to the side of the road. He learned the man was unconscious and drove to the nearest fire station. When Officer Shupe and the firefighter returned, they realized the victim had no pulse. Officer Shupe told the firefighter that he was CPR-trained and began to administer CPR, while the firefighter contacted a medical emergency unit.

After administering CPR for several minutes, Officer Shupe was able to revive the man and continued his efforts until professional medical staff arrived on the scene.

For his unselfish and courageous efforts in helping to save this man’s life, Officer Shupe is awarded the Department’s Bronze Medal.

Correctional Officer Deanna Gossett, Deuel Vocational Institute

Correctional Officer John Pedroso, Sierra Conservation Center

Correctional Officers Deanna Gossett and John Pedroso are awarded the Bronze Medal for coming to the aid of Correctional Officer Kim Ukert.

Officer Ukert was involved in a serious traffic accident where a farm tractor had pulled out in front of his vehicle. Officers Gossett and Pedroso were among the first to arrive at the scene, and summoned emergency assistance, rendered first aid, and comforted Officer Ukert. When they discovered that his injuries were not critical, they offered assistance to the tractor driver, who was pinned beneath his tractor. Officer Gossett retrieved her car jack and, with Officer Pedroso’s assistance, was able to free the tractor driver.

Correctional Officers Deanna Gossett and John Pedroso exemplify the Department’s highest standards in helping to save lives, and are honored today with its Bronze Medal.

Joey Rudisill, Medical Technical Assistant, Ironwood State Prison

Joey Rudisill, Medical Technical Assistant is honored today with the Bronze Medal for saving two men from immediate peril following a traffic accident. MTA Rudisill witnessed a high-speed crash of two semi-trucks with the drivers trapped in their cabs.

He administered first aid while the driver was pinned in the truck and remained by the driver’s side, freeing enough room for the driver to be removed from the wreckage. MTA Rudisill improvised a dressing for the lacerations the truck driver received on his head and took C-spine precautions and vital sign assessments until the Riverside County paramedics arrived.

We congratulate Medical Technical Assistant Rudisill today for his efforts in assisting others and saving them from immediate peril. In recognition of this accomplishment, he receives the Department’s Bronze Medal.

Parole Agent I Jose Vasquez, Parole & Community Services Division, Region II

Parole Agent I Jose Vasquez is awarded the Bronze Medal for coming to the aid of three other Parole Agents.

Agent Vasquez was in the Oakland Parole office when he heard a commotion during a planned arrest of a parolee. It had taken a turn for the worst when the parolee brandished a knife at Parole Agents Mark Joiner, David Mouras and John Thompson.

He responded immediately by drawing his duty weapon and pointing it at the parolee, shouting commands for the parolee to drop the knife or he would shoot. After several moments of struggling and commands to drop the knife, the parolee finally reacted to pepper spray and attempted to retreat into a corner.

Agent Vasquez is honored today with the Department’s Bronze Medal for his immediate reaction in defending Parole Agents Thompson, Mouras and Joiner against an armed parolee.

Correctional Officer Mark Slocum, Marlene Slocum, Office Assistant, Sierra Conservation Center

Correctional Officer Mark Slocum and Office Assistant Marlene Slocum are recognized today with the Bronze Medal for their life-saving actions. They came upon a single vehicle accident with the victim covered with blood, attempting to climb a barbed wire fence. They assisted him across the highway, laid a sleeping bag down for him and covered him sufficiently to keep him from going into shock.

Office Assistant Slocum used her cellular telephone to call 911, while Officer Slocum used compresses to stop the flow of blood from the victim. When emergency vehicles arrived, the two apprised them of accident details and continued to stay with the victim until he was evacuated by ambulance to an area where he would be airlifted to a local hospital.

Due to their quick thinking and assistance, Officer Mark Slocum and Office Assistant Marlene Slocum undoubtedly saved the life of the accident victim. We recognize them today with the Department’s Bronze Medal for this outstanding public service.

Correctional Officer Kelly Phillips, Wasco State Prison

Correctional Officer Kelly Phillips is honored today with the Bronze Medal for his actions following a high-speed collision. Officer Phillips immediately pulled over to help Correctional Officers Moises Diaz, Oscar Perez and Winfred Longwith who pulled both injured drivers out of the path of an oncoming train. Officer Kelly also administered first aid to one of the injured drivers.

The Department recognizes Officer Phillips for his invaluable assistance in providing first aid to an injured driver, possibly saving his life. He is awarded the Bronze Medal for his life-saving actions.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

The Distinguished Service Medal is for an employee’s exemplary work conduct with the Department for a period of months or years, or involvement in a specific assignment of unusual benefit to the Department.
Melissa Gonzalez, Office Assistant, Salinas Valley State Prison

Office Assistant Melissa Gonzalez is awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her integral part of the prison’s Investigative Services Unit (ISU) and her role in the successful capture of an escapee.

The ISU was monitoring the escapee’s movements and knew he had visited a men’s shelter in Salinas and appeared headed toward Watsonville. Gonzalez contacted all the local area men’s shelters, providing them with details about the escapee. Approximately one hour later, the inmate walked into a shelter and was subsequently arrested.

Office Assistant Gonzalez is also active in the local community. Her nomination read in part, "Melissa Gonzalez has always given 100% and more and has proven to be a great asset to the local community and Salinas Valley State Prison." We salute Office Assistant Melissa Gonzalez today with the Department’s Distinguished Service Medal.

UNIT CITATION

The Unit Citation is for great courage displayed by a departmental unit in the course of conducting an operation in the face of immediate life-threatening circumstances.

C Facility Main Yard, California State Prison, Sacramento

Staff at Facility C at California State Prison, Sacramento County is honored with a Unit Citation for preventing a serious incident to escalate out of control. On Nov. 9, 1998, a racial disturbance erupted between approximately 270 African American and White inmates on the prison’s C Facility Main Yard.

Staff organized, separated the combatants and formed a line of control to keep the larger groups of inmates from creating another disturbance. The united efforts by staff allowed the situation to "cool down." They convinced influential inmates within the various groups to stop their aggression toward staff members.

The unit changed a quickly-escalating violent, life-threatening situation into a consolidated effort by all—staff and inmates alike—to end the incident, concluding with only minor injuries.

We salute the team today with a Unit Citation for their outstanding efforts in quelling this potentially devastating incident.

Accepting on behalf of the prison is Warden Cheryl Pliler and Facility Captain James Walker.

1998 CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR

Correctional Sergeant John A. McKinney, Pelican Bay State Prison

Correctional Sergeant John A. McKinney is the 1998 Correctional Supervisor of the Year for the California Department of Corrections.

At Pelican Bay, Sergeant McKinney is a Facility B Sergeant whose investigative skills and knowledge of prison gangs enhanced the performance of all third watch staff. He has supervised tactical cell entries for recovering contraband from general population housing units, all of which have been without injury to staff or inmates. He also initiated the K-9 program in Receiving and Release and in the Pelican Bay mailroom, which has helped curtail the amount of narcotics introduced into the institution.

Correctional Sergeant John McKinney has contributed his knowledge and expertise to the Department on several levels. His involvement and dedication to his work are invaluable. Today we honor him as the 1998 California Department of Corrections’ Correctional Supervisor of the Year.

1998 CORRECTIONAL OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Correctional Officer Todd Drew, California Correctional Institution

Correctional Officer Todd Drew is the 1998 Correctional Officer of the Year.
In January 1998, Officer Drew was assigned to the Institutional Gang Investigations Unit and participated in various strategies on how gang members are validated as members or associates. He was instrumental in investigating a stabbing assault of a CCI correctional officer. His investigative skills and professional dedication toward staff safety, and his ability to communicate with inmates played an invaluable role in his investigations. As a result, the gang unit succeeded in charging 13 inmates with direct involvement in staff assault. Officer Drew teaches gang awareness to the public and to criminal justice students at Cal State Bakersfield. His efforts have increased gang awareness in the institution and among the public.

Today we recognize Correctional Officer Todd Drew’s contributions and dedication to the Department as the 1998 California Department of Corrections’ Correctional Officer of the Year.