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Hero Down: California Department of Corrections And Rehabilitation Correctional Officer Daniel ‘Bubba’ Chrystaline Dies Unexpectedly After Falling Ill At Work

Marin County, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Correctional Officer Daniel “Bubba” Chrystaline died unexpectedly in the line of duty on Nov. 16.

The CDCR said the 57-year-old correctional officer was working his shift at San Quentin State Prison when he fell ill at approximately 5:30 a.m., The Sacramento Bee reported.

Correctional Officer Chrystaline was rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away at approximately 6:30 a.m.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Officer Daniel J. Chrystaline,” CDCR Spokesperson Terri Harding told The Sacramento Bee.

Details regarding Correctional Officer Chrystaline’s exact cause of death were not released.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden passing of Correctional Officer Daniel ‘Bubba’ Chrystaline,” San Quentin Warden Ron Broomfield said in a memo to staff on Nov. 16. “My condolences to his family friends, and colleagues. He will be deeply missed by everyone.”

Correctional Officer Chrystaline entered into the CDCR Academy on November 8, 2001, Warden Broomfield said.

He was assigned to San Quentin State Prison on June 29, 2002, and spent his entire 20-year career there with the exception of a six-month period when he worked at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, according to the CDCR.

“He was best known for his positive and cheerful attitude,” San Quentin State Prison officials said in the press release. “He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Correctional Officer Daniel “Bubba” Chrystaline, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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