18 years later, CIM honors Officer Gonzalez

Man with microphone speaks in front of a photo of Officer Manuel Gonzalez at a memorial anniversary service.
Dr. V. Jordan speaks about working with Officer Gonzalez.

In 2005, Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez was stabbed to death while on duty at California Institution for Men (CIM). Honoring his memory, staff continue marking the anniversary of his death.

Attending the Jan. 10 memorial were Officer Gonzalez’s family, friends and CIM staff.

The service began at 11:52 a.m. with a moment of silence, marking the exact time of Officer Gonzalez’s passing. This was followed by a touching End of Watch Call and Central Control’s activation of the Sycamore alarm.

Warden (A) John Merchant welcomed the family, recognizing their loss and sacrifice.

“It takes great courage to face the anniversary of the loss of a loved one with grace,” Merchant said. “Even more so when the passing is tragic and unexpected.”

Dr. Victor Jordan and acting Capt. Evelio Fernandez shared memories of their friend and colleague. They also offered words of encouragement and hope for the Gonzalez family.

“Although we can never repay the Gonzalez family for their sacrifices, CIM will forever honor the life and legacy of Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez,” according to a statement issued by the institution.

Submitted by Lt. Manuel Vega

Read more tributes to staff and retirees who have passed away.

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