From CPOF National Honor Guard Commander Steve Dizmon:
Three years ago the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF) created a National Honor Guard. Since its formation, the CPOF National Honor Guard has been called upon to participate in various Memorial Ceremonies all across the country held to honor Corrections Professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty. Among the Memorial Ceremonies in which the CPOF National Honor Guard was present, solely or in addition to other Honor Guards, are those that were held for Washington State Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl, South Dakota Correctional Officer Ronald Johnson, Arkansas Correctional Corporal Barbara Ester and Florida Correctional Sergeant Ruben H. Thomas III.
The CPOF National Honor Guard is also an integral part of the CPOF Annual National Memorial Ceremony conducted every June at the CPOF’s Project 2000 event.
Below is a June 2012 photograph of the members of the CPOF National Honor Guard. If you would like to be considered to be a member of the CPOF National Honor Guard, select “Honor Guard Application” under “Honor Guard” (above) to access the necessary form.
Steve Dizmon, Captain, Retired CDC CPOF National Honor Guard Commander since 1989. Retired from the California Department of Corrections in 2000 after 30 years where he served as a Correctional Captain. Military: United States Marine Corps.
Back Row & CPOF Honor Guard Rank (left to right): Sergeant Tania Arguello, Officer Ora Starks, Officer Steve Perrine, Officer/Bugler Gil Arizmendi, Officer William Stranahan, Officer Sedrick Ware, Officer Larry Bottner, Sergeant Tony Mosby, Officer Brian James, Officer Francisco Villegas, Sergeant Tony Ruvalcaba, Officer Vanessa Lee, Officer Maria Chandler, and Officer Angela Lujan.
Front Row & CPOF Honor Guard Rank (left to right): Lieutenant Steve Salais, Major Dave Wedzina, Colonel Steve Dizmon, Captain Joe Ober, Lieutenant Roy Hilliard, and Lieutenant Donald Genwright
Individual Institutions/Facilities and State:
Tania Arguello – Nevada State Prison, Nevada Dept. of Corrections
Ora Starks – Mississippi State Penitentiary, MS Dept. of Corrections
Steve Perrine – Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon Dept of Corrections
Gil Arizmendi – Ruben M. Torres Unit, Dominguez State Jail, TDCJ
William Stranahan – Attica State Prison, New York State Dept of Corrections
Sedrick Ware – CSP Sacramento, CDCR
Larry Bottner – Retired Officer from Philadelphia Prison System
Tony Mosby – Retired CDCR
Brian James – SCI Pittsburgh, PA State Dept of Corrections
Francisco Villegas – Goree Unit, TDCJ
Tony Ruvalcaba – Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon Dept of Corrections
Vanessa Lee – Academy Director, Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Maria Chandler – Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Texas
Angela Lujan – San Quentin State Prison, CDCR
Steve Salais – San Quentin State Prison, CDCR
Dave Wedzina – Retired, Wyoming Correctional Facility, New York State Dept of Corrections
Steven Dizmon – Retired CDCR
Joe Ober – SCI Pittsburgh
Roy Hilliard – San Quentin State Prison, CDCR
Donald Genwright – Goree Unit, TDCJ