A deputy, who was asked to be kept unidentified, told 9news, that on the morning of June 12th he woke up not feeling well. Regardless, he forced himself out of bed and headed on a work detail at a local cemetery with six inmates. That day, it was 76 degrees outside and the humidity was at 100 percent.
The deputy knew the six inmates he was working with because they’ve been working together for seven hours a day, five days a week. He told the news source, “we spend a lot of time together.” While working in the cemetery, the inmates had noticed that the deputy was not his usual self.
He told 9news, “I started coughing spells, and every time I got those, I’d get hotter. It was just harder to keep up…I just finally went down after a couple of minutes of doing that.” It’s been reported that the deputy didn’t want to show his face for medical reasons.
The deputy suffers from a chronic Chiari malformation where the cerebellum is deformed which therefore causes fluids to not flow properly. He also believes that the high humidity definitely played a role in his collapse. He said, “once I actually went down, I was already in one of my hyperventilating spells.” At that point, he was focusing on simply breathing.
Luckily for the Deputy, the six inmates came to his rescue. 9news notes that they opened his shirt and removed the deputy’s bullet proof vest so that they could perform CPR. One inmate even grabbed the officer’s phone and immediately called 911.
The deputy told the news that none of the inmates ran away or did anything that they shouldn’t have done. For that, Sheriff Moats said that he’ll be taking off about one-fourth of the inmates’ sentences.
Sheriff Moats tells 9news, “Anytime we have a trustee or inmate crew that goes beyond normal duties, we cut them some extra time off.” The inmates are being praised throughout for their heroic behavior and their quick reactions to something that is so shocking.