Above the Call

Off‑duty CCWF correctional officer saves stabbing victim

Man in uniform stands in front of U.S. flag.
CO Fred Moss, Central California Women's Facility.

By Lt. Rudy Diaz, Jr.

While on-duty, Correctional Officer Fred Moss can usually be found working at Central California Women’s Facility. But one recent morning the off-duty officer was checking off items from his grocery shopping list when he answered the call for help.

On March 6, Officer Moss was shopping at a grocery store in Fresno. With his cart loaded and ready to check-out, he spotted an unconscious woman lying on the ground, a pool a blood forming on the floor around her neck.

“She was bleeding profusely out of her neck,” Moss reported. The officer acted quickly, grabbing rags and gloves. To help stop the bleeding, he applied direct pressure to the victim’s wounds.

Witnesses said the woman was attacked by a man who stabbed in her throat multiple times. The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested at a nearby apartment complex. The suspect is facing multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

Thanks to the quick-thinking of Officer Moss, the woman was rushed to the local hospital where she was treated. The victim survived the attack.