The incident occurred in Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia. The Sheriff’s Office thanked the inmates for their timely action.
Three inmates from a Georgia prison helped save the life of a prison guard after spotting him having a heart attack in the lockup. When the three prisoners at the Gwinnett County Jail saw Deputy Warren Hobbs convulsing strangely, falling to the concrete floor and hitting his head, they quickly went to his rescue, reports Fox News. The prisoners, who were in their cell, did the only thing they could —they created a bit of pandemonium to draw the attention of the deputy's colleagues.
In a conversation with Fox News, Mitchell Smalls, one of the inmates described the moment he felt something was wrong with the deputy: "Kinda was like laying back in his chair and just started (making noises)." Few moments later, Smalls noticed the deputy hit the floor and start bleeding. He was unconscious. And that's when Smalls turned up the volume. "I started hollering and screaming and banging on the door to try to alert everybody to wake up," he said.
Three inmates seen saving the life of guard who suffered a heart attack https://t.co/xyH8uGFw5i— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 29, 2020
Smalls' initial hollering caused the entire 60-cell block to erupt which eventually woke Hobbs up from his state. He then hit the button that opened up the cell doors. Smalls and other two inmates Walter Whitehead and Terry Lovelace, rushed towards the incapacitated deputy to help him. Even though they had the chance to run away, they didn't choose to do so. Whitehead instead grabbed a phone and asked for assistance, which soon arrived within minutes. "It scared me," he said, explaining what he'd witnessed. "I don’t care if it’s a police officer or whoever it was. I will do whatever I can to save a man. I don’t want anyone to die."
Three Georgia inmates are filmed rushing to save life of guard who suffered heart attack but managed to electronically unlock their cells before collapsing pic.twitter.com/tleSm3dOLk— Neil (@Neil80621284) July 29, 2020
Offering appreciation for the inmates' action, the Sheriff's Officer wrote a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, according to Fox5Atlanta, and said: "Although they were locked in their cells, they kept an eye on him as he returned to his seat at the deputy desk, where he lost consciousness and fell onto the concrete floor, splitting his head open."
Lovelace, the other inmate who saw Hobbs regain consciousness, said: "Our deputy later stated that while he did not realize he'd been unconscious, he became aware of what sounded like pounding drums and could hear inmates shouting his name over and over. He immediately thought an inmate needed help and somehow managed to rise to his feet and press the control panel to open cell doors. He grabbed a hold of his desk and he was pulling himself up like this. It was sad because it didn’t look good at all but the man had fight in him to get up. As he came up I can make eye contact with him I’m like deputy Hobbs, Deputy Hobbs, please."
Three Georgia inmates saved the life of a prison guard who was having a heart attack. The guard managed to electronically open their cells before he collapsed. #BlackLivesMatter #NoAntiBlackRacism #WhitePrivilege #Trump2020 https://t.co/vgePSTeSSO— Knowledgiana (@knowledgiana) July 29, 2020
Hobbs was then rushed to a local hospital to receive the necessary check-up and he's said to be recovering at home, the outlet reported. The Sheriff's office has had its impression of the inmates changed after they came to the deputy's aid. "We are deeply appreciative of these three inmates for the courage, determination, and kindness they displayed when they came to the rescue of our deputy," the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office continued in its statement. "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."
Kudos to these inmates for coming to the aid of our deputy when he suffered a cardiac emergency in a jail housing unit. We thank them for their timely assistance and the lesson their actions provide. It's not the uniform that makes a hero. It's the person wearing it. pic.twitter.com/tVDJX2FcQP— Gwinnett Sheriff's Office (@GwinnettSO) July 29, 2020
A simple act of kindness saved this prison guards life, God Bless the three men that came to his rescue.— Lori Nelms (@GrandyNelms) July 29, 2020
According to ABC News, the Sheriff's Office also said: "We're happy to report that our deputy survived the harrowing incident and is recovering at home until he can return to duty." This incident goes to show that not all inmates are necessarily bad.
Most incarcerated people made a bad judgment in life. Doesn't make them a bad person.— Cami Sotto (@CamiSotto4) July 29, 2020
According to records that are available, Smalls is being held for battery and drug charges while Whitehead and Loveless are held on account of drugs charges.