Highway dedicated to Correctional Officer Bianchi

CDCR honor guard at Bianchi memorial sign.
The High Desert State Prison/California Correctional Center Honor Guard were on hand for the dedication.

To honor the memory of fallen Correctional Officer Richard Bianchi Jr, a section of highway was dedicated in his name.

On May 2, colleagues, friends, family, and officials gathered to dedicate part of Highway 36 in Lassen County to the fallen officer.

Those attending included:

  • High Desert State Prison
  • California Correctional Center
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • and California State Assemblywoman Megan Dahle.

Bianchi, a 10-year CDCR veteran, was assigned to High Desert State Prison. While traveling to a hospital to provide security coverage on June 25, 2020, he died in the line of duty.

He was an accomplished cross-country runner and wrestler, according to friends. Bianchi also proudly served in the United States Air Force.

Bianchi is most remembered for his ability to lead by example. Friends, family and coworkers said he was admired and appreciated for his kindness, generosity of spirit, love of family, optimism and passion to make the world a better place.

Bianchi is survived by his wife of 25 years, two children, a grandson, parents, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The Highway 36 memorial sign is located near Susanville.

By Lt. Jonathan Sieberg

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