3 Georgia inmates help save deputy's life after he suffers cardiac emergency

by Laura Mize · Jul 29th, 2020 1:07 pm

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Last Updated Jul 30th, 2020 at 11:33 pm

Three inmates in Georgia's Gwinnett County Jail are being praised for their actions that helped save the life of a deputy who suffered a cardiac emergency while on duty at the jail.

One of the men, Mitchell Smalls, said he noticed Deputy Warren Hobbs making strange snoring noises while apparently sleeping in a chair on duty. When Hobbs fell out of his chair and hit his head hard enough that it started bleeding, Smalls knew he had to take action.

"I started hollering and screaming and banging on the door to try to alert everybody to wake up," Smalls told a local TV news station.

Other men joined in the effort, until about 60 were hollering and making noise trying to alert other staff at the jail. Hobbs regained consciousness, thanks in part to the commotion, and was able to press a button to release two inmates, Walter Whitehead and Terry Lovelace, from their cells. One radioed for help using the deputy's radio, while the other called for help on a phone.

Medical personnel came to attend to Hobbs. The deputy is recovering from home.

Whitehead said he helped Hobbs because "I don't want anyone to die."

"I don't care if it's a police officer or whoever it was," he said. "I will do whatever I can to save a man."

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office honored the three men with a social media post, praising them for their good deeds.


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