From CPOF National Honor Guard Commander Steve Dizmon:
Seven 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 Federal Bureau of Prisons Senior Officer Specialist Eric Williams, Colorado DOC Executive Director Tom Clements, California Correctional Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and his K9 partner Mattie, and Nebraska Correctional Officer Amanda Baker.
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 2014 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.
CPOF National Honor Guard Members with Rank within the NHG: Lieutenant Donald Genwright, Officer Lawrence A. Bottner, Officer William P. Stranahan, Officer Brian L. James, Sergeant Antony Ruvalcaba, Officer Francisco Villegas, Officer/Bugler Gilbert C. Arizmendi III, Officer Angela F. Lujan, Officer Linda Dizmon, Colonel/Commander Steve Dizmon, Major/Assistant Commander David C. Wedzina, Officer Mario O. Chandler, Sergeant Tania Arguello, Officer Ora L.Starks, Officer Steven T. Perrine, Officer Howard K. Dowdell, Officer Vanessa E. Lee, Officer Sedrick C. Ware, Officer Gerard J. Van Der Ham, Lieutenant Roy E. Hilliard Jr., Sergeant Anthony S. Mosby.
Absent from photograph: Officer Seferino (“Steve”) Salais.
Individual Institutions/Facilities and State:
Donald Genwright – Goree Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Larry Bottner – Retired, Philadelphia Prison System
William Stranahan – Retired, Attica Correctional Facility, New York State Department of Correction
Brian James – SCI Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Tony Ruvalcaba – Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon Department of Corrections
Francisco Villegas – Goree Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Gil Arizmendi – Ruben M. Torres Unit, Dominguez State Jail, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Angela Lujan – San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Linda Dizmon – Retired, California Department of Corrections
Steve Dizmon – Retired, California Department of Corrections
Dave Wedzina- Retired, Wyoming Correctional Facility, New York State Department of Correction
Maria Chandler – Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
Tania Arguello – Nevada State Prison, Nevada Department of Corrections
Ora Starks – Warden, Bolivar County Correctional Facility, Mississippi Department of Corrections
Steve Perrine – Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon Department of Corrections
Howard Dowdell – Retired, California Rehabilitation Center, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Vanessa Lee – Academy Director, Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, Mississippi Department of Corrections
Sedrick Ware – Retired, California State Prison – Sacramento, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Gerard J. Van Der Ham – Retired, Sumter Correctional Institution, Florida Department of Corrections
Roy Hilliard – San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Tony Mosby – Retired, California Rehabilitation Center, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Steve Salais - San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation