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They Didn't Hesitate: Inmates Rush To Deputy's Aid After He Collapsed On The Job

You have to see the video of the prisoners rushing to the aid of the officer, and what they had to say afterwards..


Sometimes, heroes show up in unexpected places.

For instance, three inmates at Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia helped to rescue a deputy who suffered a medical emergency while he was on duty.

Some might consider the actions of the inmates surprising. They said it was the right thing to do.

Deputy Warren Hobbs was supervising the jail block when he passed out and hit his head. The inmates started pounding on the cell doors, using their whole bodies, in an effort to wake him up.

video c/o Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

In a Facebook post shared by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's office, officials stated: "Our deputy later stated that while he did not realize he'd been unconscious, he became aware of what sounded like pounding drums and could hear inmates shouting his name over and over. He immediately thought an inmate needed help and somehow managed to rise to his feet and press the control panel to open cell doors."

Once Hobbs opened the doors, the inmates quickly rushed to his side and called for help. Thankfully, medics arrived swiftly and Hobbs was rushed to the hospital for treatment. He is now recovering at home.

Deputy Hobbs suffers from a chronic heart condition, and is now recovering at home. Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

"These inmates had no obligation whatsoever to render aid to a bleeding, vulnerable deputy, but they didn't hesitate," the post continued. "Many people have strong opinions about law enforcement officers and criminals, but this incident clearly illustrates the potential goodness found in both."

Later, representatives of the prison followed up with inmates Terry Loveless, Walter Whitehead and Mitchell Smalls and asked them why they did what they did to save the deputy.

"I've seen deputies respond to numerous medical emergencies," Loveless said. "Anytime an inmate is in distress, the deputies come running. You see them running down the hall, you think they're running for their life, but they're actually running to save a life. So, we didn't do anything for Deputy Hobbs that he would not have done for us."

Hear why the inmates helped the deputy in their own words...

video c/o Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

The story quickly caught the attention of the media, and the post made by the Sheriff's office has been shared over 275,000 times. Thousands of comments have been made on the post, most praising the inmates for their selfless behavior.

"Everyone makes mistakes but that doesn't always make them a bad person," one person wrote. "Thank you for helping this deputy out. Prayers for a speedy recovery."

"I literally just cried," another user commented. "There is good in this world after all! So proud of them for making an unfortunate situation so much better."

Inmates (pictured left to right) Terry Loveless, Walter Whitehead and Mitchell Smalls didn't hesitate to rush to the deputy's aid. Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

We love stories of people coming to the rescue of others, regardless of their race, age or status. These inmates are heroes in our book!

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