Inmates Help Save Correctional Officer Who Passed Out

June 20, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018

Six inmates helped a correctional officer that passed out overseeing them on a work detail in Polk County, Georgia on June 12.

The inmates were out working at a cemetery when the officer providing security told them he wasn’t feeling well.

Moments later, he collapsed.

The inmates immediately took his phone and called 911. They also removed his vest to cool him off.

EMS eventually arrived and took over.

The Polk County Sheriff Johny Moats praised the inmates for their help.

“They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers,” he told WUSA9. “That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family.”

The family of the officer, who was not identified, bought pizza and desserts for the inmates to thank them.

Family of a corrections officer provided this lunch to six inmates who helped save the officer after he collapsed on duty. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)
Family of a corrections officer provided this lunch to six inmates who helped save the officer after he collapsed on duty. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

A similar incident happened a few years ago in Portland, where a deputy collapsed wile out with a work detail and the two inmates who were with him provided CPR and called 911. They said the thought to take advantage of the situation to escape didn’t even cross their minds.

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