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Heroes in orange! Inmates save prison officer’s life

Sprung to help: Terry Loveless (left), Walter Whitehead and Mitchell Smalls PICTURES: SWNS

THREE inmates in a US jail have been hailed as heroes for saving the life of a police deputy who collapsed on duty.

Prisoners Terry Loveless, Walter Whitehead and Mitchell Smalls saw from their cells in Gwinnett County Jail, Georgia, that Deputy Warren Hobbs appeared unwell.

When the 46-year-old went into cardiac arrest near his desk on July 10 the trio started furiously calling and banging to raise the alarm. The noise got through to Deputy Hobbs who, although semi-conscious, managed to hit the button to open the doors for some of the prisoners who radioed for help and gave him first aid until paramedics arrived.

Very grateful: Deputy Warren Hobbs

Deputy Hobbs, who is recovering at home, said: ‘I very much appreciate what these inmates did for me. It’s a reminder to always treat everyone well.’ Deputy Shannon Volkodav, from the county sheriff’s office, said: ‘We are deeply appreciative of their kind, courageous and selfless actions. This story beautifully illustrates how heroes can appear in different uniforms.’

Chief Deputy Lou Solis arranged for a pizza party in the jail as a token of appreciation.