Georgia inmates save Polk County deputy

POLK COUNTY (KWCH) The Polk County Sheriff's Office says six Georgia inmates who jumped into action to save a deputy will be getting a reward of shorter sentences.

When a deputy collapsed on work detail due to the humidity, six inmates quickly helped by removing his shirt, and bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR.

One inmate grabbed the officer's phone and dialed 911 after seeing that the deputy was unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency crews eventually arrived and provided assistance to the officer.

"They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers," Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said. "That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family."

In a Facebook post, deputies praised the inmates for their heroic actions and shared photos of a free lunch provided by the officer's family.

Sheriff Moats says the deputy has been removed from work detail in the meantime. He suffers from chronic Chiari malformation, which causes fluids to not flow properly.