6 Ga. Inmates Praised for Saving Polk County Deputy Who Passed Out During Work Detail

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Six Polk County, Ga., inmates are being celebrated after they helped save a deputy who had passed out during a work detail by rushing into action and calling 911.

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According to 11 Alive, earlier this month, a deputy was working security for the work detail on Monday, June 12, when the humidity was at 100 percent and it was 76 degrees outside.

The officer, who asked to remain unidentified, collapsed.

That’s when the six inmates rushed into action, opening the officer’s shirt and removing his bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR. One inmate grabbed the officer’s phone and dialed 911.

One inmate said that the officer was unconscious for a minute and was not really breathing.

“When he started breathing, it was just real heavy and real fast,” Greg Williams, one of the six inmates, told the news station.

EMS eventually got to the scene, but Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats still praised the inmates for their quick thinking.

“They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers,” Moats told the news station. “That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family.”

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The family members of the officers provided the six with free lunch and desserts in order to show a small token of their appreciation.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office posted about the incident on Facebook, noting, “In Law Enforcement an Officer can be pinned [a] medal for a heroic act that involves saving another’s life.”

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However, Williams told the news station that the group was just doing what needed to be done.

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

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DISCUSSION

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“They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers,” Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told the news station. “That really speaks a lot about my officers too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family.”

What the fuck is this supposed to mean. I see the words, they’re in English, the sentences technically make sense but this statement makes no sense at all.

What kind of dysfunctional fuckery passes for family in America of 2017? This is not a family set up! These men are in prison, they are you slaves. The only person being paid for their time is the person that collapsed and they’re talking about how this shows the prisoners care for their jailer? WTF? Let’s be real here first of all, the only person on this detail that anyone values is the officer. Secondly, let’s be real if it were one of these prisoners who was collapsing what are the odds that this officer would take time to actually see to the prisoner’s well-being or would they assume that the person was faking it and force them to press on.

Listen people, your slaves, your servants, your employees are there because they don’t have much of a choice in the matter; you are not family and you are not friends. You cannot be when familiar relationships needs some sort of reciprocity (when both are adults) and the relationship you are in is one where one is in power over the other.

Never ever mistake a cordial working relationship with a friendship. If you can be fired, punished, or otherwise put into a situation against your will you are not friends don’t get it twisted because if your absence is necessary to continue to make money your friendship won’t mean a damn thing when it comes to the bottom line. Don’t get it twisted.

This kind of thinking is sick and needs to stop like yesterday.