GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A group of inmates saved the life of a Georgia deputy who started having a stroke while on duty.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy Patrick Edmond was conducting routine cell searches when he started to feel dizzy, WSB-TV reported. He didn’t know at the time, but he was having a stroke.
“His words started slurring, his face started locking up,” inmate Jattir Moton said.
Moton and other inmates helped Edmond to a chair and used his radio to call for help. Edmond was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he had surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
This is not the first Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy to be rescued by inmates recently. In July, Deputy Warren Hobbs had a heart attack and inmates he supervised helped rescue him.
“It would be very easy to assume there’s always an adversarial relationship between law enforcement officers and citizens suspected of committing crimes. Sometimes there is, but many times there is not,” the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said on social media. “These recent incidents reflect the respect most inmates have for our deputies because of how they’re treated in our jail. They know we work hard to keep them safe and sometimes they get to return the favor.”