A correctional officer was providing security for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office while the prisoners carried out community service, cutting grass in a local cemetery when the man suddenly had trouble breathing.
The unidentified officer collapsed, but instead of making a run for it, the six inmates raced to help him, removing his bullet proof vest and then began to perform CPR.
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Inmate Greg Williams said when the officer collapsed at first he stopped breathing.
He told 11alive.com: ‘When he started breathing again, it was just real heavy and real fast.
‘When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn’t about who is in jail and who wasn’t. It was about a man going down and we had to help him.’
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.’