The sheriff in Polk County, Ga., has lessened the sentences of six inmates who stepped up and helped a prison guard after he had a medical emergency.
The inmates were on a work detail at a local cemetery last week with a deputy who had a coughing fit and collapsed while on duty on June 12.
But instead of running when presented with an opportunity, they decided to stay and help out.
“It made me feel really good that they thought enough of one of my officers to help him,” Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told the New York Times.
Moats said he will recommend that their sentences be cut by at least a quarter, because of the good deed.
The deputy, who didn’t want to be named, according to NBC affiliate WXIA , said he knew the inmates well, because he worked with them for five days a week.
“I started coughing spells, and …
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