State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today dedicated a portion of Highway 101 to fallen Soledad State Prison correctional officers, renaming a portion of the highway the “Soledad State Prison Correctional Officers Memorial Highway.” The dedication was held at the CDCR Correctional Training Facility, just north of Soledad.
While the ceremony recognized the commitment of all correctional officers, Cannella specifically honored four Soledad State Prison correctional officers, John V. Mills, William C. Shull, Robert J. McCarthy and Kenneth E. Conant, who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to have the opportunity to dedicate this highway to the Soledad State Prison Correctional Officers. I greatly appreciate the work correctional officers do working on the front lines dealing with some of our most hardened criminals,” said Cannella. “These officers gave their lives protecting us, leaving loved ones behind to put us first. It was preserving this legacy that compelled me to author SCR 23 to dedicate this portion of Highway 101 to them. Today’s dedication should serve as a reminder that every day, brave men and women make it their life’s work to protect us – and their legacy should never be forgotten.”
Cannella authored SCR 23 to rename the highway. The bill received unanimous, bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2013.