Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Calipatria State Prison correctional officer honored for aiding El Centro police officer
Imperial Valley Press — When an off-duty correctional officer went to the aid of a police officer struggling with a suspect last June, he just wanted to make sure everyone went home safe to their family that day.
Members of the El Centro Police Department recognized Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officer Adrian Suarez for his actions and presented him with a letter of commendation on Monday.
“At the time, I wasn’t really concerned about me helping him. I was more concerned about the outcome and someone being hurt. I thought we all want to go home at the end of the day,” Suarez said. “I wasn’t expecting anything out of it but a simple thank you was enough for me.”
On June 30, an El Centro police officer was involved in a foot pursuit with a man, and once the officer caught up with him, a physical confrontation ensued as the man resisted.
Suarez was in the area shopping with his two young daughters when he saw the officer struggling with the man. He told his daughters to lock the car doors and stay inside while he helped the officer subdue the man until backup arrived.
Afterward, El Centro police started to look for Suarez to thank him but mistakenly thought he worked at Centinela State Prison. Once they found him, they wanted to make sure he was properly shown appreciation for his actions. continue reading...