Three correctional officers at the Muscogee County Jail were honored Wednesday night for their efforts to help save the life of a struggling inmate late Sunday, the sheriff posted on Facebook.
Sheriff John Darr presented Denarius McKelvey, Christopher Culberson and Aaron Whitaker with a Challenge coin and a bag filled with treats during a brief ceremony at the jail. “ Thanks to the quick actions and response time of these three officers, the inmate's life was saved,” the sheriff said.
The recognition stemmed from a 10:30 p.m. incident when McKelvey spotted an inmate struggling to breathe inside his cell. With no regard of possible danger from two other inmates, McKelvey entered the cell and began CPR to try and resuscitate the inmate who didn’t appear to be breathing. The two inmates assisted the officer with the stricken inmate.
While McKelvey was trying to revive the inmate, Culberson and Whitaker arrived with an automated external defibrillator or AED which confirmed the inmate wasn’t breathing. The AED was deployed and the inmate was revived. The inmate was transported to Midtown Medical Center for treatment.