The Correctional Officer on their cemetery work detail began having a medical emergency. These six inmates jumped into action to save his life.
On a recent hot day in Georgia, an unnamed Detail Officer told one of the men that he was not feeling well. But even then, the inmates were shocked when the officer collapsed. Without hesitating, the men jumped into action to help the fallen man.
“They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers,” Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told USA Today. “That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family.”
Some of the men worked to remove the officer’s shirt, gun belt, and bulletproof vest in case he needed CPR. Another ran for additional help, while another located the officer’s cell phone and called 911.
It was later discovered that the officer suffered a heart attack and their actions saved his life. When interviewed about their act of heroism, one of the inmates gave a very touching response.
“When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn’t about who is in jail and who wasn’t,” Greg Williams said. “It was about a man going down and we had to help him.”
This is such a touching story of six men who made an awesome decision to help a fellow man in need!
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Reward For Good Behavior
The Sheriff’s office recently shared that they have recommended 25% off the time that these men will serve. None of the men are serving time for violent crimes but rather crimes ranging from probation violations to minor drug charges.
“Anytime we have a trustee or inmate crew, that goes beyond normal duties, we cut them some extra time off,” Moats told WXIA.
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