Inmates rush to help Gwinnett County deputy who passed out while working

Inmates rush to help Gwinnett County deputy who passed out while working

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Three observant inmates are being celebrated after rescuing a deputy who passed out and split his head open while working inside the jail.

According to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, the inmates noticed that a deputy didn’t look well while conducting his normal security procedures. The inmates kept a watchful eye on the deputy from inside of their cells.

Shortly after returning to his desk, the deputy lost consciousness and fell onto the dorm room floor. The deputy split his head open in the fall.

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The inmates saw the fall and immediately went into action. They started pounding on the doors of their cells to make noise and alert others. This triggered others in the pod to also start beating on the doors of their cells and create an even louder noise. The deputy was later quoted as saying the loud sounds were like drumming, and he could hear them calling his name as he drifted in and out of consciousness.

The deputy said he though an inmate needed help and somehow managed to get to his feet and press a button that controlled cell doors before passing out again.

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Once the doors opened, the eagle-eyed inmates rushed to the aid of the deputy. The inmates used the deputy’s phone and radio to call for help for the unconscious and bleeding deputy.

“These inmates came to his aid because our deputy, like most law enforcement officers, treats people with the dignity they deserve. These inmates had no obligation whatsoever to render aid to a bleeding, vulnerable deputy, but they didn’t hesitate. Many people have strong opinions about law enforcement officers and criminals, but this incident clearly illustrates the potential goodness found in both,” the sheriff’s office said in a post on its Facebook page.

The deputy is recovering at home.

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