Limestone County corrections officers honored for saving inmate’s life

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala (WHNT) - The Limestone County Commission honored two corrections officers this morning for saving an inmate's life.

“The Limestone County Commission would like to present this life saving award to Correctional Officers Jackie McNatt and Officer Andrew Vickers," said Chairman Mark Yarbrough. “That was a prepared statement. From a personal note, I want to thank ya'll so much. Your actions, while  uncommon valor, epitomizes what the Limestone County Sheriff's Office is all about.”

Officers Andrew McNatt and Andrew Vickers say they were just carrying out what they were trained to do.  “The ladies in the cell, they have emergency call buttons. They press the button and said one of the ladies isn't breathing," says Officer Vickers.

When they found her in her cell, she had turned blue and lost a pulse. For seven frantic minutes, they did CPR until paramedics arrived. “We're there to help her. We're there to protect her through it all, and that's what we're doing," says Officer McNatt.

While the officers are modest about what they did, their boss isn't holding back his praise.  "Started immediate CPR without even having a sanitary mouthpiece or anything like that. They were in a situation where someone was dying, or actually was really already dead and they immediately started implementing life saving measures," says Sheriff Mike Blakely.

It's not often corrections officers and inmates share a special bond, but there's no doubt, these do.  “That person wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the quick thinking on the part of my corrections officers," says Sheriff Blakely.

The officers did get to meet back up with the inmate, who got the chance to thank the officers.