Prison inmates are rarely referred to as heroic, but one Georgia sheriff has hailed six prison inmates as heroes, for what they did for a correction officer when he collapsed on the job.
The six inmates had been taken to a local prison to weed and clean the grounds as part of a work detail trip, but it was so hot and humid outside that their guard collapsed and stopped breathing while they were working. The inmates knew they easily could have run away, but knew the guard needed their help.
The inmates worked together to turn the guard onto his back, removed his gun belt and bulletproof vest, start CPR, and called 911. When he started breathing, it was just real heavy and real fast,” inmate Greg Williams said., shortly after, paramedics arrived and helped revive him.
“We all know that Monday could have ended differently for our officer,” Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said. “They really stepped up in a time of crisis and showed that they care about my officers. That really speaks a lot about my officers, too, [and] how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family.”
“It wasn’t about who is in jail and who wasn’t,” Williams said. It was about a man going down and we had to help him.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible thing these inmates did for an officer after he passed out.
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