In a closed ceremony in the Cabinet Room of the Capitol, Governor Martinez and Secretary Marcantel awarded those present with Medals of Honor and Valor for their acts during the Prison riot of Feb. 2 and Feb. 3, 1980.
The posthumous award of the medals was provided to the officers and some families of the deceased on hand. Others who were not able to attend will receive their medals.
“These men are examples for all of us today in the Corrections Department. Their sense of duty remained unwavering in even the most unspeakable moments of their lives and careers,” Marcantel said. “We remember their heroism nearly 33 years ago today, but we also must remember the inmates who lost their lives and remember that while they were prisoners, they were not sentenced to the death they received at the hands of other inmates.”
At least 33 inmates were murdered in the mayhem and 15 corrections officers were held captive during the nearly 36 hours of prisoner control of the facility. During their captivity, several of the officers were subjected to torture and abuse.
The officers honored Jan. 21 were Greg Roybal, Michael Schmitt, Ross Maez ,Valentin Martinez, Larry Mendoza, Edward Ortega Lawrence Lucero, Victor Gallegos, Elton Curry and Antonio Vigil.
The Corrections Department was not able to locate officers Ramon Guiterrez, Jose D. Anaya, Juan Bustos, Mike Hernandez, Ronnie Martinez, Herman Gallegos and Louis CdeBaca.