Inmates to get shorter sentences for helping Georgia deputy

Published: Jun. 22, 2017 at 5:42 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

June 22, 2017

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia sheriff says he will reduce the sentences of inmates who stepped in to help a deputy when he collapsed on the job.

Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told news outlets the deputy suddenly collapsed while overseeing inmates on a work-release detail.

The six inmates opened the deputy's shirt, removed his bulletproof vest and began performing CPR. One inmate grabbed the deputy's phone and called 911.

Moats says he'll take off one-fourth of the inmates' sentences off for helping the deputy. The deputy's family also prepared a special lunch for them.

The deputy is expected to be fine. He was taken off work detail and placed on patrol.