Six Georgia inmates are credited with saving the life of a correctional officer who passed out during a work detail.
The officer was working security for the Polk County Sheriff's Office work detail when he passed out from the heat last week. They also removed his outer carrier vest in attempts to help cool him off.
The officer was unconscious for about a minute and was not breathing, inmate Greg Williams said.
"They could have taken the gun, got the work van and gone", Sheriff Johnny Moats told Time magazine. Another inmate grabbed the officer's phone and dialed 911.
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The Sheriff's Office applauded the inmates' quick actions before EMS arrived. "That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates". The inmates received a free lunch in the park, as well as desserts prepared by the officer's family members. They treat them like people.
The Polk Co. Sheriff's Office shared a Facebook post that read, "In Law Enforcement an Officer can be pinned this medal for a heroic act that involves saving another's life".
"It wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't", Williams told WXIA.
"He had his face down and was breathing a little hard so we turned him over to make sure he was OK", said inmate Landon Ware.