On May 14, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recognized staff during a ceremony held at the California Institution for Men (CIM) for employees who exhibited extraordinary bravery and conduct in the 2009 riot at CIM where public safety was at risk. More than 60 employees from CIM and nearby institutions who participated in the crisis response team with the August 8-9 2009 riot were honored with Unit Citations.
The Unit Citation is for great courage displayed by a departmental unit in the course of conducting an operation in the face of immediate life-threatening circumstances. In addition to the more then 60 Unit Citations the Distinguished Service Medal was awarded to Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Mark Hargrove. The Distinguished Service Medal is for an employee’s exemplary work conduct with the Department for a period of months or years, or involvement in a specific assignment of unusual benefit to the Department.
Aside from our remarkable staff, we cannot forget to thank our local partners that provided mutual aid during this catastrophic event. The coordination between CDCR and these agencies resulted in no escapes and no deaths and their hard work is to be commended. The agencies that provided aid were: the Chino Police Department, Chino Valley Independent Fire District, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Chino Hills Police Department, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana Stations, The West Valley Detention Center, and the Aviation Division), Ontario Police Department, Upland Police Department, American Medical Response, CALFIRE – Prado Conservation Camp.
Furthermore, Acting Warden Aref Fakhoury was officially sworn in as Warden, which was a surprise to those attending. Many local elected officials and community leaders attended the event to show their support to our brave staff and CDCR appreciates the support of these influential members of the community. Overall it was a great day for CDCR.