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Friday, June 23, 2017

6 Georgia Inmates Receive Reduced Sentences for Saving Officer's Life

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2017, 02:35 PM

I wondered if something like this might happen for the Georgia inmates. Madeleine Weast reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Six Georgia inmates have been granted reduced sentences for saving a sheriff's deputy who collapsed during a work detail.

The prisoners at Polk County jail got their sentences cut by 25 percent after saving an officer who passed out on June 12, CNN reported Thursday. The deputy suffers suffered from a chronic medical condition that became agitated by the heat outside.

The deputy was on detail supervising the inmates perform lawn maintenance at a cemetery when he collapsed.

According to Weast, the "six inmates sprang into action, instead of fleeing, after the officer began hyperventilating before passing out."

"When he started breathing, it was just real heavy and real fast," inmate Greg Williams is quoted as saying.

"One inmate used the deputy's phone to call 911 and another removed his bulletproof vest and gun belt so he could breathe easier," Weast reports.

"When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," Williams said, according to Weast. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."

Here is Channel 10 news video (WTSP, Tampa Bay) of this event.

Meanwhile, more good news: The "Georgia Family" of the incapacitated officer "Prepares Lunch for 6 Inmates Who Saved Officer's Life," WSBTV reports from Atlanta.

Well said, and well done, Mr. Williams -- to you and your fellow inmates.

And thanks to all, and for all, for these uplifting demonstrations of hope and healing.