3 Muscogee Co. corrections officers called heroes after saving inmate's life

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 6:17 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Three Muscogee County Correctional Officers were commended for their live-saving efforts in helping a sick inmate earlier this week.

In a post made on Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr's Facebook page, three correctional officers were celebrated for their fast thinking.

The correctional officers, Aaron Whitaker, Chris Culberson and Demarius McKelvey, were recognized by Darr for their heroics.

At 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, an inmate showed signs of not being able to breathe. Officer McKelvey was the first to spot the inmate was having trouble breathing. He was assisted by two other inmates in laying the struggling inmate down to administer CPR.

Officers Culberson and Whitaker arrived with a device that helped resuscitate the inmate until an ambulance arrived. The inmate was transported to Midtown Medical Center for treatment.

"Thanks to the quick actions and response time of these three officers, the inmate's life was saved," Darr said. "Tonight, they were honored in a small ceremony held at the jail. Job well done, gentlemen."

Darr also credited Correctional Officer Matt Hall for "continuing to maintain security during this incident until assistance arrived."

The corrections officers were honored in a brief ceremony at the jail Wednesday night.

Sheriff John T. Darr

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