By Lt. Megan Cherinka
Three incoming college freshmen are better equipped for their first year of college thanks to the California Medical Facility (CMF) annual Al Patch Scholarship. The program allows staff to honor the memory of the fallen officer.
Each year, scholarships are awarded to eligible high school seniors whose family works at CMF. In early July, Emily Corbett, Zachary Tileston and Gedric Libatique attended the Warden’s Executive Team meeting where each was awarded $1,000.
Albert “Al” Patch, a 16-year veteran of the department, was fatally stabbed while on duty Aug. 17, 1980, as he attempted to break up a fight.
Did you know? The City of Vacaville named a park after the fallen officer (link opens new tab).
Read more about CDCR’s community involvement (link opens new tab).