UPDATE 5:10 p.m. Thursday: An inmate firefighter who died while taking part in a County/Cal Fire training program at Camp San Luis Obispo on Wednesday has been identified as Crisanto Leo Lionell.
Lionell, 54, is presumed to have died of natural causes, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An autopsy is scheduled for next Wednesday, said San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.
Lionell started serving an 11-year sentence on Feb. 10, 2010, for transportation and possession for sale of controlled substances in Tulare County, according to the news release.
Lionell was assigned to Cuesta Fire Camp at the California Men’s Colony. Cal Fire Capt. Jane Schmitz said he collapsed while hiking on the military base shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead about 4:45 p.m.
The state corrections department currently operates 44 adult and two Division of Juvenile Justice Conservation Camps in California. The department jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with Cal Fire, and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Nearly 4,000 offenders participate in the Conservation Camp Program, which has approximately 200 fire crews. Only minimum-security inmates may participate in the program.
Original story: An inmate firefighter assigned to Cuesta Fire Camp, located at the California Men’s Colony, died while taking part in a County/Cal Fire training program at Camp San Luis Obispo.
Cal Fire Capt. Jane Schmitz said the inmate collapsed while hiking on the military base shortly after 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
According to Schmitz, the inmate was transported to a local hospital, were he was pronounced dead at 4:42 p.m.
The California Department of Corrections is reviewing the incident.