Awards and Appreciation, Obituaries

CTF holds memorial for fallen staff, retirees

CTF memorial honor guard salutes flag.
CTF/SVSP Honor Guard salute during the first CTF memorial.

The Correctional Training Facility (CTF) held their first memorial honoring all staff and retirees who passed away over the last year.

Each year CDCR recognizes National Correctional Officers Week and Public Service Recognition Week. During the first week of May, the Employee Action Committee (EAC) showed their thanks to all CTF employees. Thanks to EAC, staff were treated to fruit, coffee, beverages, snacks, doughnuts, and pastries. Additionally, throughout the week, CTF Executive Staff toured each facility and thanked staff for their hard work and dedication.

To complete the work week, on May 6, CTF hosted their first memorial event to honor all current or retired staff members who passed away during the last year. The memorial included the Presentation of Colors by the CTF/Salinas Valley State Prison Color Guard, guest speakers, honor guard presentation, 21-gun salute and four blasts from the institutional horn.

This year CTF honored 16 fallen staff members:

  • Ernesto Medina, Correctional Officer, End of Watch (EOW) 1/15/2021
  • Daniel Castaneda, Correctional Officer, EOW 1/16/2021
  • Ryan Patterson, Correctional Officer, EOW 1/22/2021
  • Mert Whitcomb, Teacher, EOW 1/21/2021
  • Daniel Reyes, Vocational Instructor, EOW 2/17/2021
  • David Lizama, Electronics Technician, EOW 4/30/2021
  • Pamela Benabides Office Technician EOW 6/27/2021
  • Hignio “Willie” Salcido, Plumber III, EOW 3/13/2022
  • Jesus “Chuy” Esparza, Retired Correctional Lieutenant, 1/8/2021
  • Boris “BC” Roberts, Retired Correctional Captain, 8/29/2021
  • Aaron Shinault, Retired Correctional Captain, 9/27/2021
  • Raul Cavazos, Retired Correctional Officer, 2/17/2022
  • Maricela “Mari” Rubio, Retired Parole Service Associate, 9/14/2021
  • Dale Mulhern, Retired Superintendent I, PIA, 12/5/2021
  • Sylvia Tzitz, Retired Case Records Analyst, 12/22/2021
  • Rogelio “Roger” Baez Sr., Retired Warehouse Manager II, 2/18/2022

Submitted by Lt. Wil Landrum

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