A group of Polk County, Georgia, inmates who helped save the life of a fallen sheriff's deputy will have time knocked off their sentences, according to television station WXIA in Atlanta.
On Monday morning, the officer, who was in charge of security for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, collapsed during a work detail amid high temperatures and 100 percent humidity.
The six inmates decided to act – one used the guard’s work phone to call 911 while others removed the correctional officer’s bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR and help cool him off.
“None of my guys ran,” the deputy, who asked not to be identified, told WXIA. “None of them did anything they shouldn't have done.”
One of the inmates, identified as Greg Williams, told the station that the deputy then started breathing “real heavy and real fast.”
EMS arrived quickly and treated the officer at the scene, but officials are expressing their gratitude for the inmates’ quick actions.
On Monday, the sheriff’s office treated the six men to lunch in the park and desserts prepared by the officer’s family members.
In addition, Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moates says he will take off about one-fourth of each inmates' sentences.
“Anytime we have a trustee or inmate crew, that goes beyond normal duties, we cut them some extra time off,” he told the station.
Added the deputy: “That moment when they’re out, they’re not really inmates to you ... They're just a group of guys and you’re out. You try to be more like friends and in my case, it just worked out for the better.”