Oconee Co. officers save inmate

Oconee Co. officers save inmate

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Two Oconee County sheriff's deputies are being credited for saving the life of an inmate who was having a heart attack.

Sergeant Candida Ayers and Officer Rachael Yuhas came to the aide of the inmate who was in protective custody unit F14.

"He was laying on the floor, holding his chest and he was real red in the face and was barely breathing," said another inmate Tony Bullins. Bullins and other inmates notified officers for help and that's when Ayers and Yuhas came to the rescue.

"They got the AED which is what we keep in the jail, and attached it to his chest. And while the AED indicated he was in cardiac distress, it didn't indicate a shock," said Sheriff Berry.

The two officers began CPR for over eight minutes before medical responders arrived. After the medical team arrived, the AED indicated to shock the patient, which likely saved his life.

Sheriff Berry says the inmate pulled through and credits both officers for their hard work.

"They did a remarkable job saving that inmate's life," said Sheriff Berry.

The two officers will likely receive a medical assist ribbon.

"It makes me feel good because something like that can happen to me," said Bullins.

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