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Posted: June 18, 2017

6 inmates save guard, It ‘could have ended differently, sheriff says


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6 inmates save guard, It ‘could have ended differently, sheriff says
NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 25: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGES EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 0001GMT AUGUST 26, 2005) 19 year old inmate James looks out of the window of the Young Offenders Institution attached to Norwich Prison on August 25, 2005 in Norwich, England. A Chief Inspector of Prisons report on Norwich Prison says healthcare accommodation was among the worst seen, as prisoners suffered from unscreened toilets, little natural light, poor suicide prevention, inadequate education and training for long-term prisoners. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

By Kimberly Richardson, WSBTV.com

POLK COUNTY, Ga. —

The sheriff’s office in Polk County, Georgia is honoring six inmates who helped save an officer's life. 

Deputies said the six inmates were on a work detail May 12 when an officer passed out. 

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One of the inmates grabbed the officer’s work phone and called 911, according to the sheriff's office. The inmates also took off the downed man’s outer carrier vest in an attempt to help cool him off. 

To say thank you, the officer's family prepared lunch and desserts in the park for the inmates.

"As we watched the horrific manhunt this week of the two inmates that killed two correctional officers, we all know that Monday could have ended differently for our officer," the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook

Department officials said they are very proud of the actions of all six inmates involved.


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