The Gwinnett County Jail houses more than 500 male felons from the Atlanta suburbs, so when one of the deputies had a medical emergency, the situation could have turned bad — fast.
The deputy started feeling badly during his rounds, but it wasn’t until he was back at his desk that he lost consciousness. The inmates saw him go down and hit the floor, bleeding profusely from a head wound, but they couldn’t get to him to help.
“The inmates, whose rooms were close enough to see what was happening, began pounding on their doors,” according to a Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. “Soon the entire unit was thundering with noise as many inmates pounded on the doors shouting for our deputy who lay unconscious and heavily bleeding on the floor.”
The deputy came to when he heard inmates yelling his name. He was confused, so he opened the cell doors thinking another inmate needed help, before passing out again. Three inmates rushed to him, used his radio to call for help, and tried to help him until help arrived.
“These inmates came to his aid because our deputy, like most law enforcement officers, treats people with the dignity they deserve,” the Facebook post read. “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.”
The deputy is expected to recover, and the three inmates were recognized with a now-viral Facebook post that garnered over 15,000 comments and 270,000 likes in less than a day.