Community Involvement

CDCR staff mark Sept. 11 attacks

Man playing trumpet while people observe. A flag is in the foreground.
Mule Creek prison Chief Deputy Warden (A) Bryan Holmes plays Taps.

Mule Creek State Prison hosts annual ceremony

Mule Creek State Prison honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a remembrance ceremony held in the Central Plaza of the institution.

Mann at lectern speaks into microphone.
Warden (A) Patrick Covello speaks to staff at MCSP.

Plaza walkways were lined with flags to mark the date of the most tragic act of terrorism In U.S. history.

American flag flew over the plaza as a moving rendition of the National Anthem was sung by MCSP’s Correctional Officer Stormy Sergent.

Prison Warden (A) Patrick Covello led staff with a speech followed by a moment of silence dedicated to the memory and honor of Correctional Officer and Marine, First Sergeant, Michael S. Barnhill, US Marine Corps. 

On May 28, 2005, Barnhill was killed during active duty, while serving his second deployment in Iraq.

The Warden then invited others to talk about where they were at the time of the attacks and how the attacks impacted their lives and inspired them in the years that have followed.

The ceremony was brought to a close with a solo trumpet rendition of “Taps” played by Chief Deputy Warden (A) Bryan Holmes.

Men and women stand in courtyard as flags wave overhead.
CDCR staff at 10000 Goethe Road, Sacramento, gather to listen to speaker Amy Casias.

Goethe Road offices remember victims

By Matt Owen, AGPA, Accounting Services Branch-Sacramento
Photos by Sandra Eaton, Accounting Administrator II, ASB-Sacramento

It was a cool and sunny morning Sept. 11 on the grounds of CDCR where Accounting Services Branch (ASB)-Sacramento, Advanced Learning Institute (ALI), Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) and Office of Peace Officer Selections (OPOS) gathered.

Correctional officers stand by flag pole.
ALI staff gather for a photo in the courtyard at the Goethe Road offices.

The flag was fluttering at half-staff and the mood stood somber. 

A large group of CDCR employees gathered together for a moment of silence and to pay respect to those who lost their lives 18 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. 

As staff stood at the flag pole listening to a brief speech laced with words of comfort, many felt familiar emotions of loss as if they happened just yesterday. 

It’s often said at this time each year, “never forget.” 

CDCR employees set that example on this day of remembrance, demonstrating the importance of never forgetting those who lost their lives over senseless acts.

As succinctly noted by Amy Casias, ASB Associate Director, “Thank you all for joining us to remember 9/11. One of the worst days of American history saw some of the bravest acts of American history. We will always honor those we lost on September 11, 2001. Today, 18 years later, we honor their memory and stand in support of those they left behind.” 

Men and woman standing and smiling.
LAC Warden Johnson, center, with other speakers, guests and dignitaries at the ceremony.

LAC staff unites with other agencies for ceremony

By Lt. Karla Graves

Three men in uniform carry flags.
Multi-agency Honor Guard with LAC’s Maldonado at the left.

Throughout our history, certain images become ingrained in our hearts and in minds. On Sept.11, 2019, millions of people from nations around the world stood united in remembrance to those who gave their lives at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. The staff at California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC), also joined this effort.

Along with the California Highway Patrol, County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Angeles National Forest, CDCR staff stood united at the Fallen Heroes Memorial for the Remembrance Ceremony of the terror attacks.

LAC Honor Guard Team Member Manny Maldonado participated in the Multi-Agency Color Guard, as he carried the California Flag with pride during the Presentation of Colors. 

Uniformed personnel staff stood at attention for the Presentation of Colors during the Remembrance Ceremony at the Antelope Valley Mall. The ceremony also paid tribute to local first responders who have fallen in the line of duty . They were remembered on the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the mall, along with the those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Captain R. Shaffer of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department lead the ceremony with compelling remarks. Captain Eric Broneer presented the 9/11 Remembrance Statement of Purpose and LAC Warden R. Johnson gave the closing remarks.